Longtime Monticello official leaving public eye
MONTICELLO — Bill Mitze admits that his life will be a little "weird" beginning May 7.
That marks the day the Monticello mainstay will no longer be in the public eye, something that has been a rare occurrence over the past 43 years.
Mitze officially leaves the Monticello city government next Monday after serving two stints on the council since 1976, including the years he was mayor from 2003 to 2009. He was also Monticello High School principal for 23 years, retiring in 1994; and prior to that was a well-known sports official.
Some might call him a glutton for punishment.
"Ever since I was 26 years old, I've been in positions where you're only going to please about half the people," joked Mitze, who began his educational career in 1960 as a teacher in Gibson City. "But I was always told as long as you please one over half, you're all right."
Pleasing the majority has not been his goal, but Mitze feels there is plenty of room to "disagree without being disagreeable," something he has seen plenty of in his decades as an alderman.