By Anna Lothson
The Oak Park village board shifted its role Thursday at a special meeting held solely to allow the public to share thoughts on the process and prospective type of candidate needed as the next village manager
But with only two residents in the audience, neither of whom spoke, the meeting wrapped up in 20 minutes.
Village President David Pope encouraged those interested in sharing ideas do so through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pope also encouraged emailing Frank Spataro, human resources director, at email@example.com.
The sparse turnout didn't discourage Trustee Bob Tucker, who said he thinks it's difficult for people to comment on the issue without much context to react from.
"I do think it's hard for people this early in the process to know what's going on," Tucker said. "I don't think [the turnout] is an indication of the process."
He said he's received a handful of comments about the process via email, which he thinks is likely becoming the preferred method of sharing. He remains optimistic about the process.
"I think everyone is working to move forward as quickly as possible," Tucker said.
Robert Slavin, president of Slavin Management Consultants, attended to provide a brief summary and answer any questions. He spent the last few days in Oak Park executing the first steps of the process. The board will possibly have a draft proposal of what it wants to see in the search by the June 18 meeting to present to the public and the search firm.
Slavin said he'd soon be speaking with board members individually, village staff and stakeholders in the community — businesses, nonprofits and other governing bodies. His technique moving forward will be centered on following the roadmap the board and those groups provide, he said.
"We are going to adhere to [the criteria] religiously," he said.
Slavin said Oak Park was "real easy to sell," and said his firm will be using a combination of networking, advertisement, their databases and word-of-mouth to recruit the best candidates.
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