Roger V. Sewell
Roger V. Sewell
Trustee / Chairperson of Information Technology Committee
Roger V. Sewell has lived on Leyden Avenue in River Grove since 1997 with his wife of 21 years, Margret. The couple has two children, Summer and Roger, Jr., who currently attend East Leyden High School. Roger attended Ascension grammar school, Fenwick High School, and North Central College in Naperville where he played varsity football and wrote for the school newspaper, The Chronicle. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English.
Following college, Roger worked at Veterans Park District where he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds in 1997, and then Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds in 2001, where he managed an annual budget of almost $1.9 million. He was directly responsible for a number of park district projects that focused on property redevelopment, and spearheaded the renovation of nine of the district's playgrounds including Trumbull Park in 2001. In 2002, Roger helped secure a government grant (OSLAD) to transform Latoria Park from an empty lot into a modern neighborhood playground.
From 2004 to 2017, Roger was employed as a facilities manager for a law firm in Chicago. For the last several months he has worked extensively on designing the new Village website and installing a new Mass Notification System to keep residents and their families alert, well informed and safe. He now works full-time as the Grounds Supervisor for Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum in Chicago.
"Coach Roger" has also volunteered for a number of local organizations including AYSO soccer, River Grove Baseball, River Grove flag football, the Loyal Order of Moose, and St. Cyprian where he and his wife served as athletic directors from 2010-2012. He is currently a member of both the River Grove Lions and the River Grove Nationals.
Before being elected as Village Trustee in 2009, Roger served on the River Grove Zoning Board of Appeals. Re-elected as trustee in 2013 and 2017, he currently serves as Chair of the newly formed Information Technology Committee.