Two seek Sunset Hills city collector seat

Mike Sawicki

Mike Sawicki

By Kari Williams

Two candidates are seeking election as Sunset Hills city collector in the Tuesday, April 3, election.

Mike Sawicki, 1498 Royal Springs, and Michael McGilligan, 12717 Nanell Lane, filed for the post currently held by Phillis Hardy, who did not file for re-election.

Sawicki, 58, is president of LaSalle Retreat Center. He and his wife, Michele, have three grown children. Sawicki, who was an alderman from 1993 to 2007, is seeking office because he is “concerned that the city needs to maintain its financial stability and needs to seek a balance between new streams of income and continued monitoring of expenses.”

McGilligan, 62, owns McGilligan Income Tax Service. He and his wife, Sharon, have six children, one who attends Beloit College in Wisconsin. McGilligan is seeking office because he “was encouraged to run by others — based on my work over the last few years with the Sunset Hills Parks and Recreation Commission. After discussing the duties of the office with the city clerk, I believe my financial background, attention to detail, willingness to look at all sides of an issue and ability to work with others will help me be successful in this position.”

Sawicki, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Louis University, said the main issue in the campaign is to “help keep Sunset Hills in a strong financial position in order to continue to provide good services to the residents.”

McGilligan, who has a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, said the main issues of his campaign are to: “Meet with the city clerk before each Board of Aldermen Meeting to review monthly income and expense; Prepare an analysis detailing the reasons for differences from expected results, if any; Suggest alternatives for improving the revenue to expense comparison.”