In 1992, Nick ran for Granite City Council. He served 13 years as the city’s Ward 3 Alderman, before taking an appointed seat on the Madison County Board in November 2005. He now serves District 19.
Nick chose to run for public office because he wanted to follow his father’s example and give back to the community and wanted to lead with a “servant’s heart.”
Nick serves on the Building and Zoning, Judiciary, Sewer Facilities and Health Department and Mental Health committees. He also serves on the county’s Mental Health (708) Board.
Nick stood out during his high school days on the football, baseball, and wrestling teams. After graduation, 1965, he attended Peru State College, Nebraska, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1969, in Education. While at PSC, he was on the football team for four seasons and the baseball team for two seasons. In 1979, Nick received his Master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University.
For 37 years, Nick taught and coached in Beatrice, Neb., Granite City, Ill., Peru, Neb., Nevada, Mo., Springfield, Mo., St. Charles, Mo., and in 2006, he retired form Granite City School District 9.
He leads by example in serving others and continues to be a positive mentor to young athletes in his community. He served as friend and coach to NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene (2016) when he was at Granite City South High School.
Nick and his wife, Cheri, married more than 54 years ago and are parents to one daughter, Nikki, and two sons, Anthony and David.