Longtime Volunteer Roger Godskesen Is Geneva's New City Clerk

Longtime Volunteer Roger Godskesen Is Geneva’s New City Clerk

Roger Godskesen has always prided himself on volunteering to help others. Now, he will be dedicating his time and talents to the community that he loves as Geneva’s new city clerk.

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns appointed Godskesen with the advice and consent of aldermen at the June 19 Geneva City Council meeting. Godskesen fills the vacant seat previously held by Lynn Landberg, who did not seek another term in office this spring after serving a combined 20 years during two different stints.

The city clerk attends all City Council meetings — and others as required — and prepares full records of those meetings.

Burns selected Godskesen out of a pool of six candidates who applied for the position. The term of the appointment will run through May 3, 2021.

“The city was pleased to receive a strong and impressive response to the call for candidates,” Burns said. “We are honored that Mr. Godskesen has accepted our invitation to serve and are confident he will do so with professionalism and efficiency.”

Godskesen was a computer programmer for the U.S. Army at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for two years during the Vietnam War. He spent the next four decades in the information technology management field working for such employers as McDonald’s Corp. and First Options Chicago/Goldman-Sachs.

Having lived in the Chicago area all his life, Godskesen moved to Geneva in 2006. He is an active community volunteer with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and as a Fabyan Villa tour guide for Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley. Previously, he was a volunteer medical support director at Soldiers’ Angels, a non-profit agency responsible for providing assistance to American military units throughout Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters of operation.

“When I was growing up, my parents instilled in their children the value of helping others whenever we could,” Godskesen said. “I have tried to honor their ideals by becoming a Scout Leader, organizing the shipment of care packages to support military medical units during the wars in the Middle East and volunteering with the local food bank. My wife and I love the unique history and culture of living in Geneva. When I saw the notice for a city clerk, I decided this would be a role in which I could contribute to our city.”

The city clerk’s annual salary is $3,600. Official minutes from Geneva’s City Council meetings, along with advisory board meetings, can be found on the city’s website at www.geneva.il.us

About the City of Geneva 

Located 40 miles west of Chicago along the Fox River, Geneva is home to 21,495 residents and serves as the seat of Kane County government. Geneva’s character is found in its historic architecture, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, mature landscapes and open space with more than 700 acres of park land. With festivals and events year-round, Geneva is a place to connect with others for shopping, dining or browsing art galleries. Home to excellent schools, library and parks, Geneva continues to be one of the premier cities in the Chicago area to live, work, play and raise a family. For the latest news, visit the City’s website at www.geneva.il.us.