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329 Park Crest Dr.
Alderman at Large
Appointed December 2018 and elected May 2019
Term through May 2023
James M. Berberet is a retired college educator, manufacturing executive, professional fundraiser and community volunteer. Along with his wife, Kathy, a retired Freeport elementary school teacher, they have lived in Freeport for 50 years.
Berberet retired as Executive Director of the HCC Foundation in October 2017. Prior management positions included President and Chief Operating Office at Ultrasonic Power Corporation for four years and Sales and Marketing Manager with Anchor-Harvey Components for 19 years. In between those positions, he worked in business development for Fehr-Graham and Associates.
Berberet also was a volunteer director on the Highland Community College Foundation from 1980 to 2011, serving as Board President from 1989 to 2009. He currently serves as Chair of the Monroe Clinic Hospital Board of Directors.
Berberet earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
He also earned business credentials as Accredited Global Business Professional, NASBITE International (formerly North American Small Business International Trade Educators) and as an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He was 1998 award recipient from National Community College Marketing and Public Relations Association for his work with Highland Community College.
“I believe my strategic planning, finance and budgeting, and executive management experiences in both the profit and not-for profit arenas provide me a diversified background. These experiences will enable me to work with Freeport’s city manager, mayor and city council to advance Freeport’s initiatives to improve our public safety, infrastructure and community well-being while being fiscally prudent.”
Most recently Berberet served on the City of Freeport Planning Commission and as a community member of the Journal-Standard’s Editorial Board.
The Berberets raised two daughters who attended Freeport Catholic Schools and graduated from Aquin High School. Sheila is married to Dr. Michael Wells, lives in Galena and has three children. Michelle is recently deceased. Berberets are members of St. Thomas Aquinas parish.
“I’m very excited about the current direction of Freeport and the level of energy coming from divergent groups,” Berberet said. “The at-large aldermanic position would allow me to be part of Freeport’s continued growth and to serve all residents throughout the entire community. Working together we all can participate in the process and enjoy the success.”