Mayor James Rietz, Ward Five
Mayor James Rietz has been living in the the Lady Lake portion of The Villages for the past 14 years; originating from Illinois. He worked with his father, who was an architect and builder, from a young age before and after a stint in the United States Air Force. He then worked in the trucking industry. After being hired as an assessor in Downers Grove, Illinois, Mayor Rietz began his career in computer and technology work.
Currently volunteering at the Restoring Hope Thrift Store in Wildwood, Mayor Rietz is also a member of several local organizations including the Volunteer Combat Veterans to Careers, American Legion Post 347, The Villages Apple User Group, and the Apple Users Drop-In Help Club.