Chairman Franks Statement on the Death of Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – The following is a statement from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, D-Marengo, regarding the death of Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley:
“Crystal Lake, and McHenry County, have lost a true champion for the people with the sudden passing of Mayor Aaron Shepley.
Aaron was a tireless public servant who cared deeply about the Crystal Lake community and never stopped advocating for his constituents during his 21 years as mayor. The people of Crystal Lake first elected him mayor in 1999 after two years on the City Council, and just last year re-elected him to a sixth term.
Aaron helmed Crystal Lake through good times and bad. He worked to revitalize the Route 14 corridor with the addition of several high-end retailers. Under his leadership, the city made it through the Great Recession without having to use property taxes to pay for city services.
He served McHenry County with prestige and distinction for almost two decades as its representative on the Pace Board, where he tirelessly fought for improved county access to mass transit, including the successful MCRide paratransit service. Aaron’s leadership as mayor was instrumental in Crystal Lake getting a second Metra station at Pingree Road.
Most importantly, Aaron was a humble man who told anyone who would listen that behind every good elected leader was an army of dedicated and talented civil servants.
Mayor Shepley’s death has ripped a huge hole in the Crystal Lake community. My prayers are with Aaron’s wife, Regan, and their daughters Madison and Chase, during this terrible time.”