By Anna Lothson
The first special meeting for the public to officially weigh in on the process of hiring Oak Park's next village manager will be 7 p.m., Thursday at village hall, 123 Madison St.
Leading the search with the village is Slavin Management Consultants of Georgia, the firm selected earlier this month for recruitment and selection efforts.
Thursday's special meeting will follow a similar format of the typical public comment portion during a board meeting. Commenters will be provided 3 minutes to share their thoughts.
Village board trustees have expressed the importance of engaging the public in the process, including the possibility of involving various stakeholders from across the community.
Slavin will receive up to $21,490 for its work. This number breaks down to $13,865 in professional fees, while the remaining $7,625 is available for possible expenses incurred during the process.
The board expects to have a candidate hired by Sept. 1.