The Village of Richton Park operates under the Village Manager form of government, in which an elected Village Board, consisting of a president and six (6) trustees, hires a professional manager to oversee the daily operation of government services and programs. The Village Board meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30pm. Meeting times and dates are posted in the Village Hall and on the website, and all meetings are held in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
Rick Reinbold was elected Village President in 2001. Prior to Village President, Reinbold had been a Village Trustee since 1993. He served in the Military from 1970-1977 as a U.S. Navy Diver and Vietnam Veteran. President Reinbold serves on Boards, Commissions, and Committees such as Chicago Cart Company, South Suburban Mayor's & Managers Assoc. (Former President), Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. (Vice-Chair), Richton Park Merchants Chamber, Southland Health Care Forum (President), Illinois Municipal League (Vice-President), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board or Directors, Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, South Suburban Land Bank Board of Directors, American Legion, VFW Post 311 - Richton Park, Southeast Side Vietnam Veteran's Assoc., and CMAP Local Coordinating Committee & Waste Water Committee.
Cynthia Butler was elected Village Trustee April 1999, representing approximately 19 years of service. Cynthia is the mother of two, and three grandchildren. Cynthia retired from CNA Insurance in 2010 after 31 years of service. She retired from the profession of Information Technology Management with experience including roles as Director, Application Development Manager, Resource Manager and Project Manager.
Before being elected as a Trustee, Cynthia was on the Park and Recreation Commission for many years. During the time that her children were growing up, she coached baseball in Richton Park and Park Forest. During the beginning years of the Richton Park Raiders, she was the Treasurer, concession stand manager and team mom.
Cynthia is currently involved with several organizations, including Treasurer for the Friends of the Library, League of Women Voters of Park Forest (LWVPF), Director and Lakewood Homeowners Association, Director. Cynthia attends Victory Apostolic Church in Matteson, IL and serves on a couple ministries.
Valerie Babka was elected Village Trustee in 2003. Having been a Richton Park resident since 1989, Valerie had also been elected Richton Hills Homeowners Association President in 2001. Being married for 32 yrs, Valerie is a mother of two, with three grandchildren as well.
Along with serving the Village of Richton Park, Valerie was also a small business owner, running and managing "Jiffy Vac" for more than 27 years.
Ms. Jennifer Artis has been a Village Trustee of Richton Park since 2008. With over 45 years of experience in community health development and advocacy, she retired from the position of Director of Community Affairs for Franciscan- St. James Hospital.
Artis has worked closely with Southland community organizations, legislators, and Boards of Directors including South Suburban Mayors and Managers and Southland Chamber of Commerce. She has also been the Commissioner of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Affair for the 5th District, since 2007. She remains active in the Southland Ministerial Health Alliance, South Suburban Provider Services Network and on the Advisory Boards of Prairie State College, Governor State University and Catholic Charities..
Trustee Artis’ passion is for affordable, accessible and quality health care and women’s issues.
Brian A. Coleman was elected as a Village of Richton Park Trustee in April 2011. Brian is a devoted husband of 28 years, a 24 year resident of Richton Park and the father of two fine young men. He provides continuous volunteer support to the community with a focus on veterans, youth and skill development.
In 2004, he was appointed to the Richton Park Planning and Zoning Commission and in 2009, he was elected as Chairman of the Commission. Later in 2009, he was named Richton Park Citizen of the Year for his contributions and support of various efforts within the community. In 2012, he was appointed as President of the Benjamin O. Davis Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 311 Men’s Auxiliary.
Trustee Coleman is currently President of the Lincoln Crossings Homeowners Association where he has served in a leadership capacity since 2003 and he earns his living as Vice President at a Global Insurance Company.
Joseph Canady was sworn in by then Deputy Clerk Angie Zambrano in 2012, to fulfill the last year of the late and previous Clerk Mary Pierce's term. The following year Joseph ran for election for the position and won outright. Joe is a father of two with two grandchildren.
During his tenure as Village Clerk, Canady continued his Clerk education bu attending classes in Springfield, IL led by the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. These activities resulted in him earning the recognition of Registered Municipal Clerk (R.M.C.)
Prior to Joe's official appointment as Village Clerk, he served on the Planning & Zoning Commission for three years. Some of the other positions he has had include realtor and leasing consultant, and Manufacturing & Distribution with Midas International. Joe attended Northwestern Business College for Business Administration and earned "Graduate of the Year" in 1999. He has served as both Vice President AND President of Alpha Beta Gamma's National Honor Society (1995, 1998) and also serving as V.F.W. Post 311's Mens Auxiliary Vice President.