Joseph Ballerine

Riverside Village President Joseph Ballerine says he plans to leave office at the end of September following his announcement in July that he would be retiring from a long career in public service to move out of state.

Ballerine told the Landmark last meeting as an elected official in Riverside would be on Sept. 21. Ballerine and his wife have already purchased a home in Florida and expect to close on the sale of their Riverside home in late September.

At the Sept. 21 meeting, Ballerine will officially hand over his resignation and call for the appointment of a president pro-tem, who will then preside over the selection of a new president. The new president will be one of the sitting trustees.

After that, the village board will appoint, as early as that same evening, a new trustee to serve in that position until the next election in 2025.

Ballerine was elected president in April 2021. He previously served for 10 years as a village trustees. His first two were as an appointee in the 1990s. He was elected in 2011 and 2015 to serve consecutive four-year terms as a trustee.

In addition, Ballerine spent 15 years as a member of the Riverside Parks and Recreation Board, serving for many years as its chairman.

He announced his intention to retire at the village board’s July 20 meeting.