About

Joe

THE BEGINNING

  • Born and raised in East Alton, son of Raymond and Bernice Silkwood


  • Graduated East Alton-Wood River High School


  • BS Recreation Education SIUE 1986


  • Master in Public Administration and Policy Analysis (MPA) SIUE 1997

TEAM PLAYER

  • St. Louis Cardinals, minor leagues 3 years

  • Pitching Coach SIUE 7 years

  • Head baseball and women’s basketball coach, academic advisor, Lewis & Clark Community College 3 years

  • Marquette Catholic High School head coach 4 years

  • Inducted St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame 2017

  • Inducted East Alton-Wood River High School Hall of Fame 2019

EXPERIENCE

  • Village of East Alton Mayor 2015 – Current

  • Village of East Alton Treasurer and Director of Public Administration 1999-2015

  • Village of East Alton Director of Parks and Recreation 1997-1999

  • Village of East Alton Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation 1990-1997

VOLUNTEER

  • Serves on Assist 14 Training Board


  • Rotary Club, served as president twice

  • Riverbend Growth Association Board 2 years (currently serving as ex-officio board member)

  • Serves on Operation Blessing Board


  • Served on East Alton Elementary School Board 4 years


  • Served on East Alton-Wood River High School Board 8 years