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Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin
Mayor of the City of Northlake Jeffrey Sherwin has built himself "a wonderful life"
As a child, Jeffrey Sherwin, the mayor of the City of Northlake, watched the holiday movie "It's a Wonderful Life" and came away with the power of community service. "It may sound corny, but it had a big impact on me at an early age," he said. "I guess it shows that positive influences early in life do make a difference."
Sherwin took courses at Triton College, then transferred to Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where he obtained his bachelor's degree. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law and practiced law from 1978 to 1997. He was elected mayor of the City of Northlake in 1997, and now oversees the village of 12,000 residents.
What have been some obstacles you’ve had to overcome in pursuit of your educational and career goals?
Working while going to school full time and being able to pay for school were some obstacles I've faced. Luckily, I was able to take courses at Triton and get my bachelor's degree without student loans, but I had to borrow money for law school.
What would you describe as your strong suit?
My strong suit is being able to talk to people and relate to their side of the issue, as well as getting them to understand my side of the issue.
How has Triton College impacted your life?
Getting my education started at Triton enabled me to complete the rest of my education.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to pursue a career in your field?
Get the best grades you can. Understand the law school entrance exam is difficult, and if you don't have good grammar, spelling and analytical skills, you will not get into law school.
What are your words of wisdom for current triton students?
Work hard, don't waste time, set a goal and go for it.
What are your plans for the future?
I intend to finish some ongoing projects in the City of Northlake and prepare to run for re-election in 2013.
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