About Mayor Brust
From Genoa-Kingston schools to becoming Mayor for the City of Genoa, learn more about Jonathon Brust and his passion for family, community, and helping Genoa prosper.
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In 2014, Jonathon was approached to join Genoa’s Economic Development Commission by local business owner and Commission Chair Carolyn Tobinson. He served as a member until 2015, during which he aided in the success of Genoa’s SOARing project. SOARing identified key areas that lead to improved development, events we still see today, and growth for the City of Genoa.
In 2015, Jonathon earned a seat as Alderman for Ward 4 in Genoa. Serving six years on the City Council, Jonathon has helped transform the City by introducing grant programs for local businesses to help get through the pandemic, help secure a developer to complete the bankrupt Riverbend subdivision project from 2008, advocated to lower the unfair county dispatch fees for our police department, provided support to reinstate the local K9 program, implementing a large scale street improvement plan for Genoa, more competitive options for utilities like Gigabit speed internet, and improving the beauty of Riverbend through extensive wooded trails, bike paths, and beautification.
Jonathon Brust was raised in Genoa and graduated from G-K High School where he won state during an IHSA engineering competition. During his time in high school, he also achieved his Eagle Scout rank.
Jonathon attended Northern Illinois University on a scholarship, being recognized as the sole recipient of both the Undergraduate Leadership and Service Award & Undergraduate Outstanding Student Award in 2012. He lead as President of the local chapter for the Institute of Industrial Engineers, organized a team that placed top 3 in a global ISYE competition, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.S. in Industrial Engineering with Honors.
Jonathon is happily married to his wife, Kristin Brust, with whom they are blessed with 3 amazing children ages 2-8. He enjoys woodworking, photography, and spending time with one another as a family and the many kids’ sporting seasons.