Former Wheeler village trustee Jennie Vail has moved back to her hometown of Dieterich and said her experience on the Wheeler board will help as a Dieterich village trustee.
"And, since I grew up here, I have a knowledge of here," Vail said, adding that she and husband Greg are committed to remaining in Dieterich.
"I hope my kids and grandkids all grow up here," she said.
Vail said she would be a voice on the board for beautification.
"I think Dieterich has been concentrated on growth for quite some time," Vail said. "But I would like to see the overall look of the town improve as well."
For one thing, Vail said, she would like to see more sidewalks within the village.
"I think we need more sidewalks around town because we have a lot of walkers," she said. "In my subdivision, the sidewalks don't go all the way through the neighborhood and they really should."
Vail, who has a law enforcement background, would also like to see the village have more police protection. While the Effingham County Sheriff's Department patrols Dieterich on a fairly regular basis, Vail said it might be wise for the village to hire its own part-time officer.
"I would like to see the village have a police officer," she said. "It would be nice to have more law enforcement in town, especially on weekends."
Vail would also like to see the village make efforts to upgrade the park.
"I think the park could benefit with some more equipment and more flowers to make it look better," she said.
After graduating from Dieterich High School, Vail earned an associate's degree in law enforcement from Olney Central College and is presently a correctional officer at the Effingham County Jail, a job she has held for seven years.
Vail and husband Greg have three children and attend Dieterich Christian Church. She is also a member of the Dieterich Sportsbackers booster club.
Bill Grimes, Daily News