In Oak Park village manager search, four firms make the cut

Oak Park trustees' decision expected by early May

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

A decision to select the firm that will assist in the recruitment of Oak Park's Village Manager may be made as early as May 7, a week after interviews with the four finalists.

The search, recently narrowed from a field of 11, consists of companies that span multiple states and a variety of expertise, all of which have experience in high-level municipality positions, according to Village Trustee Colette Lueck

"I'm really excited," she said. "I think it's a great opportunity for the village. I think we really have strong candidates. I'm hoping in this market there will be some strong [Village manager] candidates."

Lueck said the goal was to narrow down the list to three or four firms, who were chosen based on a proven commitment to community outreach, engaging the public, and working with village leaders.

The firm finalists include Affion Public from Pennsylvania, Bob Murray and Associates from California, Slavin Management Consultants from Georgia, and Voorhees Associates from Deerfield.

The single Illinois finalist is due, in large part, to the small pool of applicants from the area, Lueck said. Although it surprised her that more from Illinois didn't apply, she didn't think it would matter in finding the best candidate.

Detailed explanations of past processes, getting to know Oak Park, and developing a process in collaboration with village staff were other key components in the selection. References to community focus groups were elements that made the four rise to the top.

Trustee Ray Johnson agreed that past experience working with municipalities in concise and compelling ways made each of the search firms viable candidates. He said the board also chose candidates that matched their timeline of hiring a new manager by Sept. 1.

"They have a wide range of experiences in hiring an individual," Johnson said. "They all presented really good and compelling references."

Although the costs are not available since the firms are competing against each other, he said, the proposed costs are all within a competitive range.

The next step in the process begins on May 1 at 6 p.m., when each of the firms will be given one hour to present themselves to the board one final time. The board will have the opportunity to ask questions and get a more detailed overview of each firm.

The board expected to make its decision at its May 7 meeting after reviewing materials from the presentations. Once a decision has been made, the firm will execute the search for candidates and likely narrow it down to about 10 people before coming back to the village board's table.

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bozo  

Posted: April 27th, 2012 6:46 AM

we should considering changing the name OP to "Clown Town" a three ring circus. Come see the sights: the Three headed Unicorn (boards of the village, Schools and Parks) constantly nipping at themselves trying to scarf down as much hay(taxpayer money) as it can eat. It is a small fee to get in, but then we charge you over and over again, each time the fee getting higher and higher while the service gets lower and lower, enjoy the show. freak show is free and can be viewed on channel 6

Act 1  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 7:11 PM

A bunch of clowns!

Village Board  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 3:38 PM

@John Murtagh: The Village Board wishes to assure you that OP is Camelot: Richard Harris is actually Davis Pope and Collete Lueck is actually Vanessa Redgrave, Ray Johnson is Laurence Naismith and Glen Brewer is actually Shy Ronnie. Please update your cable system to 1967 standards. That is all.

Village Board  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 3:32 PM

@Kyle (cont) That is all

Village Board  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 3:32 PM

@Kyle, you may use an electric vehicle,however, you must not use any fossil fuel burning charging systems. You can charge your batteries by using solar panels, or at a very low rate the hot air and methane discharged during any village board meeting. You may not drive a scooter as we have not derived a way to charge extra for parking, village stickers or have a FOB(friend of the Board) sell them to you. We are now seeking a grant for a piggy backing and shoulder riding lane on all major streets

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 3:31 PM

And, to think, I want my street paved...I might as well do it myself. It'd be cheaper, take less time, & involve a whole lot less BS. Do you think I can charge the Village for the work if I take the initiative? lol They'd probably ticket me for Unauthorized Street Repair. :-)

OPRFDad  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 3:23 PM

Wow, all that just to find the company that is going to find the next VM. No wonder nothing ever gets done in this town.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 3:18 PM

There was one piece in the RFQ that I thought was disingenuous and misleading. Following a 3 page Community Profile (in an 8 page report), there is a statement that under Governance and Organization Structure, that reads: the village was able to reduce its full time work force from 450 to 365 without reducing the number or quality of services. That is pure bunk. During the cutbacks in the 2006 timeframe, jobs were outsourced, services were cancelled or reduced, and fees were imposed or increased on services. Between the profile and faulty services statement, it looks like the village is trying to sell candidates a house rather than giving the person the pure unadulterated facts of the village financial situation. It is crucial that any candidate has an understanding of the village debt, strangled budgets, and TIF failures. We don't want candidates that think OP is Camelot.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:52 PM

MOP, was the word you're looking for "moot?" lol John, did the Board ever do the search themselves? I'm wondering at what point someone thought it was a good idea to outsource this to a search firm. "Village Board," electric vehicles are ok though, right? Can we get some scooter parking?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:46 PM

MOP - I think you are right that Tom Barwin was run out of town, but it certainly was not by the residents. I thought that Tom did an excellent job during his time. He is a pro. His leaving had to do with the whims of board members that are not pro's in running a village.

Village Board  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:44 PM

@MOP the Village Board wishes to discourage anyone from"driving" anyone in the village. You may wish to consider the options of rick shawing, piggy backing, shoulder riding them, but no double bike riding them (which is against the law in OP) out of town. Mr Murtagh you will have plenty of opportunity to build your strength, the search is going to take a while. That is all.

Village Board  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:37 PM

@Kyle, your wish is granted One hour of free parking, not in the garage but at a meter. Do remember OP 60minutes paid for is only 55 minutes in real time, so you will get a ticket anyway. Apologies for Applebees? that is our strategic revenue plan: selling ad space on the soon to be(never gonna happen, see VM search) Village Website. Part 2 of strategic plan is build all fast crummy food stores and part 3 tax villagers by the pound. Heavy people are ruining our sidewalks. That is all.

MOP-Murtagh's Oak Park  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:26 PM

All this is mute anyways becasue people like YOU ALL will drive them out of town soon enough and we will be doing it again very soon. Haven't you ever noticed that maybe less interaction with the residents would be a little more efficient and effective? I think so. RUN for office and then you can put your 1/2 cent in!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:21 PM

The VM Search - I agree getting info through the agendas is time consuming. Also helpful would be minutes. There are no minutes posted for 3/19/12. In fact, only 2 of the 14 board meetings since March 1 have been posted. As far as the RFQ (Request for Qualifications), it is pretty boiler plate. The SERVICES the village seeks is: Dev. and execution of recruitment strategy, candidate screening and assessment, and assistance in final selection process. PRINCIPAL OP TRAITS for consultant to consider Diversity, Involved Citizenry, Diverse Housing Stock, Commitment to Environment and Sustainability. SCOPE OF SERVICES Recruitment Strategy, OP recruitment brochure for candidates, Confirming qualifications and selection criteria set forth by the village(?). That's about it. (There is additional detail on each subject above in the RFQ.) There is no detail in the RFQ on person characteristics for a winning candidate. For instance; management style, expectations of relationship with board, Approach to HR, etc. I googled some search costs. Tucson, a large city spent $50-75,OOO while a small village like Bainbridge Isl, Wash spent about $250,000. The six examples I found ranged from $20-300,000 dollars. It appears that some of the municipalities used their own staff for some search duties - probably research, background checks, etc. Also to be considered in costs is the travel and road expense, materials, etc. for both consultants and candidates. That can be expensive and might or might not be in the consultant's price bid.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:19 PM

Actually, to clarify that last remark, the current commissions are useless because they have no real power. Give them specific functions & let them have final say & citizen participation may go up.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:17 PM

At least in this instance, Cost, an ad hoc committee could do the job in about a month if you worked in alternates for that very reason. I'm busy, but I could spare a couple hours twice a week for a month assuming members have the ability to do work outside meeting time. I'm sure you could find 10 other people willing to do the same. (Now, standing commissions like we have...some of those need to be disbanded. That's another issue.)

Cost  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 2:10 PM

Nothing is free. As much as you may be civic minded and a volunteer. It looks good on paper and in theory but not very practical when that volunteer needs to be on vacation or bible school.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 1:01 PM

Dear "Village Board," can I trade the levity you added for an extra hour of free parking in the Holley Court garage? PS Please ban cupcake shops & apologize for the Applebees ad I had to sit through to see Rihanna. Thank you.

Village Board  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 12:50 PM

@ Kyle, The Village Board is sorry for adding any levity to your life. We have gone into executive session, because we wanted to make you wait, and Glenn aka Shy Ronnie(http://www.thelonelyisland.com/video/shy-ronnie )simply will not quiet down off camera. Trustee Lueck has called for an ordinance amendment to go with the no driving and eating to include "no posting and laughing" . That is all, and please go back to your regular scheduled ignoring of Silly's posts.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 12:48 PM

@Cost Cheaper than the price of the firm they've hired to find a VM. lol Or is that money ok to spend? Actually, available info is fairly cheap if you do it right. It's a one-person job to make sure everything the Village does gets posted across several online platforms. I do it for somebody else already. :-) Plus you can crowdsource...like I said, this whole thing could be done by volunteers for free as a civic duty.

Cost  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 12:45 PM

the more transparent and available information is, the more time and cost to the village(aka the taxpayer.) It doesnt just post its self.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 12:37 PM

I know it's crazy for Oak Park folk to imagine, but in some cities I wouldn't have to even ask once. We can't just tune out until election time...the Village actually has a duty to us to be easy to use, work for us, answer to us, etc.. Asking for a healthier democratic government shouldn't be grasping for the hopeless. We do deserve better though.

Kyle and bunch  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 12:19 PM

Nothing will make you people happy. First you want to see the info. So they point you in that direction. Now you dont like what process they are using. Get over yourselves

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 11:39 AM

Thanks for the laugh, Village Board...gotta love outsourcing!

Village Board  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 11:27 AM

@Kyle, as the Viallage Board, we need this to be way more complex of a process than it really is. You see, picking a search firm, say like the one we used last time or for any other search, or calling another village would be the easy, expeditious and inexpensive way to go. If we were to go the quick route, then we couldn't say" well we need to wait until we have a village manager in place" on anything.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 11:01 AM

Thank you for posting, Ray. Though is there any way we can get the info bumped out into the news/social media as a separate story? As it is, in the minutes it's buried (not hyperlinked either) among celebrating the Parks turning 100, Earth Month, Arbor Day, etc.. Seems like an awful lot of red tape to farm all this out to a firm...we're putting ads in magazines & websites? SMH Due diligence is one thing, but this whole hiring process could be so much simpler.

Ray Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 10:33 AM

The RFQ for the manager search was released for public review and comment and is included in the materials for the March 19th meeting at: http://www.oak-park.us/public/pdfs/2012_Board_Agendas/03.19.12_regular_meeting_agenda.pdf Agenda Item E contains all the information for the search firm requests. Citizens have been and continue to be invited to share the skills they think are important in the next manager by email at board@oak-park.us or phone at 708.358.5784.

Just Sayin' from Oak Park  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 10:05 AM

Really?! Is that all you have- the good ole race card? It's all about policies - said it about Bush too. Four more years and your stomach will be turning. Powerful - not so much.

@Just Sayin  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 9:49 AM

You mean the most powerful (black) man in the world. Wow that must really turn your stomach. 4 More years!

Just Sayin' from Oak Park  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 9:39 AM

You guys are hilarious - There's a Chicago Community Organizer who just might be available in January to fit the bill for you.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 8:56 AM

(contd) To a panel of residents who have a weighted vote in deciding among the finalists. I could get behind that, too. Though you could have just given the task to the panel and avoided paying consultants. I'm sure many of us would have volunteered our time to help select the VM. You don't need to pay.

Kyle  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 8:54 AM

I'd be all for making everything surrounding the manager search more public, but it's not going to happen & here's why...it's just a short jump from that to citizens like me demanding oversight. The asking for public comment is cute, but pointless. They'll hire who they want. It's the same with those citizen commissions we were talking about elsewhere. They look good on paper, but have no real function when it comes to having actual input. Unless maybe the Board would like to open the hiring...

@Coughlin  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 8:42 AM

Why dont you run for office, win, and then you can tell everyone whats really going on.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: April 26th, 2012 12:03 AM

Good call, John. The recruitment firms responding to this request for proposals should have an understanding of the qualities and qualifications of the individual the trustees will be seeking for this important hire. What was presnted by the board to them would be interesting read. RFPs ought to be made available for the public to view. An informed citizen is a better citizen. Maybe we'll learn more about that part of the process during the May 1 meeting.

OP MOM  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:34 PM

What part of government dont you want to be a part of? Why elect anybody?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:21 PM

Jim - At 5:22 on 4/25, I provided two quotes from the Dan Haley/Gary Balling interview conducted on his retirement. The two quotes capture perfectly the attributes I think OPV needs.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:16 PM

I agree Jim. The document I would like to see is the profile or description of exactly what they provided to the consulting firm re what specific attributes that the board is seeking for the position.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:06 PM

Ray Johnson's invitation is welcome. He's encouraging people to share their thoughts with the board regarding the hiring of the recruitment team. I'm not sure how much help can be offered on choosing which of the four firms receives a contract. The finalists' qualifications have been reviewed by the trustees' own committee. If copies of those proposals were available for public inspection or posted online, that could allow for more knowledgeable input from the community. Is that doable?

@Kyle@other@done@opMom@opDad@John  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 9:33 PM

Who is on first. Hes on second.

Other @ Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:33 PM

For @other, other Kyle: By the way this has nothing to do with VMA. What because it has village manager in the name? They slate candidates buddy. That means the International City Management Association might consider censuring a manager that was involved with them because the Code of Ethics would be violated by political activity. I can't even name VMA's active supporters if you really want to be honest. I'm talking about the village manager job not to be confused with the political group VMA

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:31 PM

@@Kyle I was saying that on another thread...I read a history of OP since I'm not from here originally. It's been this way since the earliest days. lol I think some of the current issues come from collateral damage in selecting VM form of gov in 1952 or whenever. It fixed the problems of the 1940's, but now we get to live with new problems springing from it in 2012. Not being from here, I can at least say I've lived places it wasn't this dysfunctional. I am thankful & maybe missing those a bit!

Other @ Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:29 PM

For @other, other Kyle: You can look for whatever you want here http://icma.org/en/icma/home I didn't do a recent research paper and have stacks of articles laying around my mom's basement. All the things Kyle is saying other communities are starting to do, we talked about, read about, and studied in college. The western states like California, Arizona, and Texas have cities with populations topping 100k, 200, even 300k that are council manager.

OP MOM  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:22 PM

Dr. Boone Brackett is a medical surgeon and a attorney.

OP Dad  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:20 PM

Iam with Murtagh in this one. There are many very intelligent lawyers in this village. I personally know a few, but I will not let them, ever, fix my car, or do a root canal.

MOP-Murtagh's Oak Park  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:13 PM

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchhill

@Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:13 PM

Where have you lived your whole life? This has been OP's way of govt for 50 plus yrs.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 6:10 PM

MOP, you know what I want? A knockdown, dragout fight between about 10-15 candidates & 80% voter turnout like they just had in France. I'm for more participation in govt. Unlike you, I'm not going to mock anyone. Even the current board I think is ALL wrong, notice I never attack them personally like others do? My complaint is with the system, not the individuals who take part.

MOP  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 5:46 PM

Garry Balling for VM. We have 2 fine candidates right under our noses. Kyle would these suite your fancy?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 5:22 PM

Two Gary Balling quotes from Dan Haley's interview about his time as the Oak Park Director of Parks and Recreation 1) "I work hard to ensure an environment of open communication by seeking compromise at all levels of the organization. Collaboration, negotiating, having a sense of humor and allowing creative ideas to flow are important ingredients in the workplace." 2) "We've always looked at the board, staff and citizens as a team. It keeps us away from those divisive situations," he said. "You have to trust the process. You have to work at it. You need the right people at the table %u2014 solution-oriented people %u2014 and then you need to take a leap of faith." The approach cited by Mr. Balling are an asset to both a village manager and a board president. We need an inspirational upgrade in OPV. Mr. Balling, have a great retirement and thanks for all you have done.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 4:45 PM

In the mayor form though, the mayor would ultimately be responsible to the voters. Who the mayor hires is her business. I get a say over who the mayor is. I just believe in separating legislative & executive functions into two branches. Checks & balances & all that. (If it makes anyone feel better, I don't like Mayor's Court when the mayor takes on judicial responsibilities either. lol)

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 4:35 PM

Can't disagree with you more, Kyle. The VM is an extremely complex position that requires extensive education, training, and certification. Even in a Mayor form of government, there is a high level position, sometimes called a village or city manager, that reports to the mayor and is responsible for day to day operations.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 4:29 PM

MOP - you need to do some homework before popping off Village Manager nominees. The VM has extensive certifications to get the position. Pope does not have the certification.

@other, other Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 4:27 PM

You stated at @3:29 that Kyle's knowledge is flawed, and the village manager system is working for cities 4-5 times bigger than ours. Data please, websites, links, articles. Anything to back up you claim, or are you just being SILLY? Just because you say it does not make it so. Oh Great Defender of the VMA, please go away.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:52 PM

Potholes are my "issue" for precisely the reason that they illustrate our problems well. You're right, ultimately the Board does the budget for the potholes. The VM could certainly recommend boosting that funding. But in the end PW is the one who does the actual work. So why is my road not paved? The Board? The VM? PW? Who is the one shirking their duty? All? None? It's too spread out, but I actually agree with you in the end that it is the Board. Doesn't have to be so all over the place though.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:48 PM

Not to throw more out there, but I've also said before that part of the problem is at-large reps. I think Board members need to be assigned a district they are responsible for/to. That would help. There's tons of things that could be done. Right now, it's a fairly selective system that is--at least partly--responsible for our ills.

@Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:46 PM

Kyle, the VM doesnt fill your potholes or even allocate monies for your pot holes. Does that help?

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:46 PM

I hear what you're saying. I'm just arguing for a citizen-focused government made up of actual citizens. Of the People, by the People, for the People. Crazy, right? lol The Board should be held in check by residents. Day to day management? In check by residents. I don't want to bore everybody with a discussion of separating executive function out, but we can go there if you want. I'll leave it, perhaps, that a better Board who turns their duties more towards the citizenry could do wonders.

Other @ Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:41 PM

What I'm saying is for you to insist that the best candidate for village manager HAS TO ALREADY live in Oak Park is a recruiting folly that truly competitive cities seeking the best candidates would not and do not make. All your assertions about citizens not running their own government are out of context as long as the Village Board consists of residents. They control government as well as employing the village manager who merely oversees day to day management. They set policy, not him.

MOP  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:41 PM

David Pope would make an outstanding VM. He's local, business minded, and has the ability to listen to others' view points. Is he available?

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:41 PM

That's kind of what I was saying in that last one...dunno if I posted before you could read it. There's a variety of issues, but I don't really care how they're fixed. Anything that increases citizen-oriented decision making gets my approval. Though I do prefer to separate executive function from legislative function, both chosen by voters--but bottom line is the least that could happen is the VM search be opened up. Include everybody. It's our village.

Other @ Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:36 PM

contd why I don't think you understand the form. Your gripes are board issues. Your solution is to increase the board (basically) with another elected position. There are plenty council manager cities doing exactly what you are talking about with citizen participation in the budget process, lawmaking process etc. so I'm still lost with your arguments. All of the things you talk about are actually pushed as "hot topics" in city management. Sounds like your problem is with OP implementation.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:35 PM

What you're essentially saying is that the citizens of Oak Park can't be trusted to oversee their own government? Actually, I can split the baby with you here & say I could live with VM better if the tasks were truly just boring daily making sure the lights stay on stuff. The problem, you are correct, could perhaps be solved w/a Board who made the effort to work from the bottom. That's not how they currently see it. There's multiple ways to fix this which maybe makes it more frustrating.

Other @ Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:29 PM

The form you say is flawed is working for cities 4-5 times larger than ours. To say a village manager should be elected is really saying flat out, which I think you've said before, you want a full-time mayor instead of a village manager. The problem is this: full time mayors do not do what village managers do anyway. That would be more a CAO or chief of staff. Mayors are elected on likeability more than hard skills. Oak Park not being as cutting edge as you say is still a board issue which is

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:14 PM

That's my very point though is it SHOULD be an elected position. The old VM model is so outdated. Power within the Village needs to be transferred more towards the bottom...voters making more choices, more public meetings with straw polls. Other cities are starting to allow voters to decide how money is spent & priorities by percent even. Oak Park could be cutting edge and more community-oriented, but we're not.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:10 PM

I understand how it works. It's just a flawed system that isn't very democratic. I understand the history and why the Village decided to go with this form. But it's 2012 and you have so many communities around the nation INCREASING voter participation in the budget process, the lawmaking process, etc.. I actually think there is plenty that could be done without changing to a better form though. Even within this flawed form, you have to add that we do it badly.

Other @ Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:06 PM

For you to criticize the search process as undemocratic and carpetbagging shows your flawed idea of council mngr. Department head hires/rank and file are not restricted to residents and are generally not open to public scrutiny. Since when is this NOT the case in personnel matters? You keep treating the village manager as an elected position which it is not no matter how much you want it to be. In fact, it is supposed to be the antithesis of such. All the places we long to be like do just this.

Other @ Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 3:01 PM

Kyle, your understanding of council manager government is hugely flawed. If you don't like it, that's understandable, but your reasoning is so off base. Oak Park is run by Oak Park, it's called the Board of Trustees. The village manager position is a staff position and usually requires residency within a time period AFTER hiring. To insist on an existing resident becoming village manager is defeating the purpose of a professional hire because you're increasing the likelihood of a political play

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 1:40 PM

At least John is from Oak Park. What are the chances the next Village Manager will be a resident? Slightly above zero? Oak Park should be run by Oak Park, I say.

@Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 1:09 PM

What would Oak Park do with out a John Murtagh to solve all of the problems and know everything? Maybe we should hire him to be the next VM.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 1:04 PM

The key item in a search is the document that the board gives to the consultant on what the villages requirement are in selecting a village manager. What relationship the board anticipates having with the village manager? What relationship is expected with the community? What is the vision of board and how does it fit with the operating style or the candidates. Of all the board responsibilities, the most important is selecting a village manager.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:50 AM

@Done If I'm going to be governed badly, I'd prefer it be my neighbor. lol It's indirectly a legal thing. Too much to go into here. But I do think it speaks volumes about elected officials, coaches, business managers, etc. as to how they make decisions. What you're talking about is done in other communities & could be done here. I think it's just not the usual so people don't think of it as "what the process could look like."

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:26 AM

Kyle - I just find it interesting that OP seems to spend more "effort" asking others what OP needs than asking OP voters. I also still stand by my wondering why projects such as Madison Street and Lake Street and Sertus are not brought before the voters like a school district referendum. Maybe some legal thing I'm not aware of. Maybe also because some folks feel they know what is best for us.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:22 AM

It's still an overpaid outsider trying to tell us what we need, to me. :-)

Ray Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:22 AM

@ Mr. Coughlin: Yes, the meeting will be televised and streamed live on the web. @ All: your input is welcome in regards to who you think is the best firm for the manager search. You are welcome to attend the meeting or watch on TV6 or the web and email us with your comments: board@oak-park.us Thanks

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 11:14 AM

Done, the consultants for the Village Manager's position are specialists in identifying candidates for a specialized position - Village Manager. They are comparable to headhunters that help corporations identify people that are skilled leaders that fit the profile of what Oak Park desires as a Village Manager. Their role is important and not comparable to development consultants. Without the use of "headhunters", it would be impossible to do a nationwide search for candidates. My sense? It's the right way to do a search.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 10:55 AM

Done, I sense a suggestion of something inappropriate going on under your remark. lol I don't go there...but I will ask why are we always "consulting" with everybody except the voters? What's somebody in Georgia going to know about running Oak Park?

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 10:47 AM

Anybody else curious as to who has connections with all these consultants for OP projects?

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 10:32 AM

Will the May 1st presentations to the board be televised on TV6?

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 10:10 AM

If we had a mayor, we'd just hold a special election & fill the seat. Nope, instead we get a drawn out process where voters do not have the final say. But I'm with you...frankly, why can't the Board just put out a call for resumes & then pick somebody? Nah, let's give some money to a PA firm to end up with some body who probably will do about the same job as if you just picked a name out of a hat. lol

Oh Crud!  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 9:59 AM

Wait it has taken this long just to get close to deciding on hiring a search firm to find a replacement tot he village manager who was given a 9 month severance? And how long after that will it take to actually decide on a final candidate? This village board and all of the members need to go, even the new ones who are of the same party as the old ones.

Kyle  

Posted: April 25th, 2012 9:52 AM

Consultants. Lovely. Let's leave perhaps the most important job in the Village up to a bunch of mostly out-of-state suits. Way to keep tax money for this search local. What are the chances they come up with someone local in the search? The village manager form of municipal government is a joke. We need somebody from Oak Park selected by the people of Oak Park. This search sure isn't democratic & really is just carpetbagging by another name.

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