Brookfield Village Manager Riccardo Ginex is leaving his job to take the village manager post in Oak Brook.
The Brookfield Village Board accepted Ginex’s resignation Monday night. Last week Ginex told Village President Kit Ketchmark of his decision to accept the Oak Brook job. Monday night Ginex addressed the board in closed session.
Tuesday morning in a staff meeting Ginex informed village staff that he was leaving.
“I am leaving a wonderful community that has been very good to me,” said Ginex in a news release. “Oak Brook presents new challenges and I look forward to working with their Village Board and their staff. I truly enjoyed my time here in Brookfield. I will miss my staff, the employees, providing assistance to the residents, and the Village Board. I cannot thank everyone enough for all the support and having the faith in me to make decisions that took Brookfield into a new direction in so many respects. I have new close friends and will miss everyone. I will never forget how thay have impacted my life. Thank you all.”
How the village will replace Ginex is uncertain.
“We have to decide how to go about this,” Ketchmark said Tuesday morning. “I think over the next week or so we will come forward with that.”
Ginex told the Landmark that Assistant Village Manger Keith Sbiral, Ginex’s right hand man, is not going to Oak Brook with him.
“I do not believe Keith is going anywhere,” village trustee Michael Garvey said. “Keith is our assistant village manager and he has not indicated to us that he is going anywhere.”
Ginex has been the village manager of Brookfield since 2005. Before becoming village manager of Brookfield he worked in Downers Grove for 28 years beginning as a police officer and ending up as the village manager.
During his tenure in Brookfield Ginex professionalized village government. He hired professionals to run village departments and established a clear chain of command. But he was a distant figure to most village residents and Sbiral was more often was the interface between the village manager’s office and the public.
Garvey hired Ginex soon after being elected village president in 2005. Garvey said that Ginex did an excellent job for Brookfield and did exactly what he was brought in to do.
“I’m sorry to see Ric go,” Garvey said. “I’m happy for him and his wife Karen. I think it’s a great opportunity for him. Myself and the board knew that he was highly regarded in the municipal government field in the area and we always knew there was a possibility that he would move on to somewhere else. He has accomplished a lot here in Brookfield. There’s been a lot of changes that he led the way on. He had the support of the board over the past nine years and ran with that support and made tremendous change in the way we do things in the village.”
Garvey said that Ginex took politics out of village hiring.
“People were not hired for positions at any level based on who they know and who they were related to or whose campaign they worked for. All the hiring was done the way that it should be through the manager’s office not through the elected officials. There were some difficult changes that had to be made. We faced a downturn in the economy and there was the unfortunate need to trim staff and get more done with less and that was very difficult for us as a board personally and for him as a manager to let people go and consolidate positions, but he did it in a very professional manner and the village is in a lot better shape than it was when he took over,” said Garvey.