The District 103 board created a new part-time executive assistant position for a well-connected village of Lyons employee and former secretary at the district’s new law firm.

Charline Doody will be paid $30,000 for a year to “learn the ropes” for the executive secretary job from outgoing secretary Marge Hubacek, who intends to retire in June 2016, said Interim Superintendent Kyle Hastings.

Doody, of Downers Grove, works on special projects for the village of Lyons part time. She was a secretary for 27 years with Odelson and Sterk, the law firm shared by the village and D103. Doody said she knew, but was no relation to, recently retired Cook County Commissioner Liz Doody Gorman, a political ally of Hastings. Doody donated $500 to Gorman’s “Liz for the 17th” committee in 2013.

The board voted 4 to 2 to hire Doody, with Mark Camasta absent.

“I’m not voting for her because I feel [her hiring] is a political move,” said board member Joanne Schaeffer. “No offense, Charline.” 

Sharon Anderson also voted against the hiring.

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