Garvey taking resumes for village manager position

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By BOB UPHUES

The search for a new village manager for the Village of Brookfield officially commenced recently with the posting of the job on the Illinois Municipal League web site. Village President Michael Garvey said that he has received 15 resumes since posting the job on the site, which serves as a clearinghouse of information on municipal matters, from legislation to employment opportunities.

Prior to his election April 5, Garvey had promised to replace Village Manager Dave Owen, saying it would be a top priority. Owen, who is also the mayor of South Chicago Heights, continues to serve as the village's manager.

Owen, 65, was hired as village manager by former Village President Bill Russ in May 2002 after Mark Isakson resigned the position after just a few months on the job. Owen had previously served as Brookfield's interim village manager while the village board was engaged in a search that led to Isakson's hire in November 2001.

"In the next two weeks I'll go through the resumes in more detail," said Garvey, who said the job is also posted with an organization that serves professional municipal managers. "But there's no specific timetable for hiring anyone."

The job description posted on the Illinois Municipal League's web site calls for candidates who have at least a bachelor's degree in public administration or previous experience in municipal administration. No salary level is indicated for the position. Owen's annual salary is approximately $90,000.

Candidates should also have strong "administrative, financial, interpersonal, planning and management skills," according to the job description.

Hiring a village manager is unlikely to come until the village adopts its budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year, which began May 1. Owen and Finance Director John Dolasinski have been preparing a preliminary budget, which will be the subject of at least two village board workshops.

The first budget workshop will be tonight at 5:30 p.m., and the second is scheduled for June 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Edward Barcal Hall at village hall. Department heads will also participate in the workshops.

After getting a village manager in place, Garvey said that hiring a new director for the village's Building Department must be a priority. The department has functioned without a director since June 2004.

"That comes right after hiring a village manager," Garvey said.

Garvey said, however, that the new village manager would be responsible for hiring that person.

"I want to give the village manager the opportunity to hire department heads and determine staffing levels," he said.

New committee assignments

Now that Garvey has established himself in the president's chair at Brookfield village hall, he wasted little time in assigning trustees to committees and as liaison's to village commissions.

As expected, Trustee Kit Ketchmark was named the board's finance chairman, a position he held for just about a year during the Russ administration. In May 2002, Russ replaced Ketchmark with Wil Brennan. Ketchmark, who had run on the same VIP slate with Russ in 2001, later left the party and eventually joined Garvey and the PEP organization in 2004.

Cathy Colgrass Edwards will take Ketchmark's place as liaison to the village's Conservation commission, and will also serve as the liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Michael Towner, former chairman of the village's Playgrounds & Recreation Commission will serve as the new liaison to that group. He replaces Trustee Linda Stevanovich, who has served as the liaison to the Parks Commission since 2002.

Stevanovich, a member of the VIP Party, had expressed hope after the election that Garvey would keep her in that capacity. But Garvey opted for his running mate, Towner, instead. Towner will also serve as a liaison to the village's Plan Commission.

Stevanovich will retain her positions as board liaison to the Special Events Commission and the West Central Municipal Conference.

Trustee Alan Dorobiala, also a VIP member, retains his role as liaison to the Public Works Department and will take on a new role as liaison to the Public Safety Commission, a role formerly held by Russ.

C.P. Hall, appointed to fill Garvey's unexpired two-year term as village trustee on May 23, will serve as the board's liaison to the Chamber of Commerce, while Garvey himself will continue on as liaison to the Brookfield Library board and serve as the board's voice on economic development initiatives.

Garvey also named himself, Ketchmark and Dorobiala to the board's Infrastructure Advisory Committee to deal with such initiatives as street and water main replacement. The Board of Local Improvements, a committee mandated by state statute, will consist of Garvey, Stevanovich, Edwards, Ketchmark and Hall.

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