Timothy A. Baldermann is the current mayor of New Lenox, Illinois, located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. He is currently in his third term, which ends in 2019. He was originally sworn into office on May 15, 2007. Throughout his first term he served as mayor of New Lenox while also serving on the Chicago Ridge Police Department. In June of 2012, he was also hired as superintendent of the Union School District 81. Baldermann and Union School District 81 received the Award of Merit from the Illinois State Board of Education in 2014. He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Training Academy, and, as of October 2013, was married with 5 children.
After injuring his back on the job with the Chicago Ridge Police, Baldermann filed a workers' compensation claim and was awarded a lump sum of $101,000. The pension amounted to $129,000.. Baldermann acknowledges that the pension package was significant. In April 2010, Baldermann went on disability and receives $72,000 a year.
After 22 years with the Chicago Ridge Police Department, serving 9 of those years as Police Chief, he retired on May 28, 2010.
Since the summer of 2012, Baldermann has called on the citizens of New Lenox to boycott the local gas stations. New Lenox gas stations have generally had higher gas prices than neighboring towns. Baldermann attributes the higher cost of fuel in New Lenox to the village's proximity to Interstate 80 and Interstate 355.
Baldermann also starred in the music video for "First of the Last", the debut single by the band Fight or Flight, a side project of two members from the Chicago band Disturbed.