Rick has been a resident of the 8th Ward since moving his family and business to Aurora from Michigan in 1987.
During those 30+ years, he has a long history of volunteer involvement with the city, its parks, schools and his church. Since 1981, Rick has run a marketing and management consulting practice with a focus on strategic planning to help small business and organizations grow and plan for that growth. While a resident of Aurora, he has been a strong advocate of community involvement that continues with the establishment of the 8th Ward committee, leadership of the Aurora Sports Festival and other opportunities to add value to our community.
His wife, Phyllis, works at Smith School in Aurora teaching reading skills. Their adult daughter, Katie, is a proud graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School, the University of Iowa and has completed her master’s degree at Northern Illinois University.
Alderman Mervine focuses his work as Alderman and as a member of City Council on the following: 1) As a Ward Alderman – promoting economic development to bring jobs to Aurora and reducing the dependence on residential property tax along with infrastructure improvement and delivery of resident services, and, 2) As a member of the Aurora City Council – Drive economic development expansion and strengthening public safety resources. First appointed as an Alderman in 2008, he was re-elected in 2009, 2011 and 2015.