SSA 39: Commissioners

Special Service Area 39 (SSA 39) servicing Brighton Park and Archer Heights was established in 2007. Joining the now 44 SSAs throughout the City in providing services above what the City would normally provide to its constituents. These services include but are not limited to graffiti removal, advertising rebates and seasonal shopping promotions, storefront renovation rebates, vacant commercial property marketing, shopper shuttle bus service, and strategic planning for the Archer Avenue retail district.
A group of business leaders from within the Service Area are appointed by the Mayor, to serve on a volunteer basis as Commissioners. This Commission is a volunteer position that provides oversight to SSA services, budgets, and the SSA Service Provider, in this case the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council.

SSA #39 Commissioners

  • Jose Barrera, Columbia Explorers Academy
  • Diane Carli, 14th Ward Aldermanic Representative
  • Miguel Torres, Business Representative
  • Jonathan Siedlecki, Szkykowny Funeral Homes
  • John Karfias, Town & Country Liquor
  • Dr. Genaro Romo , Romo Dental
  • Victor Mauricio, Victor Mauricio Salon
  • Gonzalo Gradilla, Second Federal Savings
  • Fredy Rodriguez, Preciosa Jewelry

All meetings are governed by the Illinois Open Meetings Act, and minutes are reported to the City of Chicago. Commissioner Candidates will first meet with the local Alderman and then are officially appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council after an application process. The SSA 39 Commission generally meets every other month; however there are instances when emergency meetings are called. Currently SSA #39 has 9 Commissioners serving.

For more information please contact Edgar Cabezas at or call 872-281-7832 ext.120

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