8/19/20 - Lionel Valencia Approved As New Village Trustee
At the Village of Lansing Board meeting on August 18, 2020, Trustees voted 5-0 to approve Mayor Patty Eidam’s appointment of Lionel Valencia to the vacant trustee seat created by the sudden passing of Trustee Mike Manno back in June of this year.
Trustee Valencia brings a strong combination of professional experience and civic involvement to the Village Board that will help in serving diverse constituents within the Village. A bilingual speaker, Trustee Valencia previously served as Chairperson of the Lansing Human Relations Commission since its inception in the fall of 2018. He also has served as past President of both the Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE) and the Lions Club. Other community service includes roles as president of the Band Parent Association at T.F. North High School, along with stints as a Little League Baseball coach and a Boy Scout leader, all while he lived in Calumet City.
Mayor Eidam is confident Trustee Valencia will be a valuable asset to the Village Board. “Trustee Valencia’s career background in management and wealth of community involvement make him a quality choice to represent the residents of Lansing,” the mayor commented, “and his bilingual communication skills were another essential attribute for me, thereby allowing him to be instrumental in making our Spanish-speaking residents feel comfortable and included.”
After he was officially sworn in at the conclusion of the regular board meeting, Trustee Valencia assumed his seat for the Committee of the Whole meeting held immediately thereafter. After the meeting, he was asked his thoughts on being approved by the Board. “I want to thank Mayor Eidam and my now fellow trustees for allowing me the opportunity to serve our community in this capacity. I am truly honored. I know I am replacing a Lansing icon in Trustee Manno, and I will work diligently to honor his memory and wealth of public service to the Village of Lansing.”
Trustee Valencia’s professional experience centers around administrative and director responsibilities in multiple manufacturing environments. He and his wife Maria were married in 1991 and have raised five children. They have lived in Lansing since 2001.