Oak Park village manager search about two weeks behind schedule

Applicants deadline is Aug. 13 with decision expected in September

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Oak Park Village President David Pope reported to the village board last week that the search to find the next village manager is about two weeks behind schedule, but trustees are optimistic that the next step will speed up the process.

The personnel committee, made up of Pope and trustees Ray Johnson and Colette Lueck, met Tuesday with Robert Slavin, president of the firm conducting the search, about recruitment materials used to connect Oak Park with quality candidates. The materials consist of a community profile along with a summary of what the board is seeking in its next village manager.

"Everyone is pleased. He really did a great job at capturing our community," Lueck said. "Everybody was on board."

Slavin Management Consultants will receive up to $21,490 for its work. This figure breaks down to $13,865 in professional fees, while the remaining $7,625 is available for possible expenses incurred during the process.

The original date trustees indicated wanting a village manager hired by was Sept. 1. Lueck thinks Slavin can select a candidate and make a job offer sometime in September.

"We're still looking at a pretty tight timeline," she said. "I think we will be able to make up time."

Johnson said the board received a final draft of the community and candidate profile Monday, which trustees will be reviewing this week. He expects it to be publicly released by the end of the week.

"In my view it is comprehensive and gives a great view of the village," he said. "It was a very strong document."

Once materials are approved and disseminated, applicants will have until Aug. 13 to apply. Johnson said he hopes the finalists will be reviewed the last week of August. As of now, that's the only set deadline in the process.

"We do still have challenges before us," he said, including making sure Slavin's candidates match the profile the trustees envisioned. "I do think we came up with a good balance of the good things in Oak Park and laid out some areas of focus."

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Insider  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 11:35 PM

Cara Pavlicek packed up Barwin's office and moved in before his seat was cold. Hopefully, the next village manager will do the same to her and place her bags outside of village hall.

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2012 8:14 AM

@JBMurtagh ... thank you for your thorough review of the village board's Personnel Committee. The Political Bureau of the Central Committee (VMA) abhors openness and transparency, preferring command and control via closed door commissions. Through the Finance and Personnel Committees, PoJoCo creates the policy framework to operationalize predetermined outcomes under the guise of public participation and board involvement, and false perception of viable alternatives.

BEEN KNOWING CARA FOR 20 YEARS  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 10:14 PM

@ OP Taxpayer, you should give it to her directly.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 6:00 PM

OK, JBMNN - cite the examples of errors I have made so everyone can see what you know.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 5:59 PM

The Interim VM received a sizable pay increase and a new Parking Manager was hired.

OP Taxpayer  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 5:16 PM

If she keeps a big number(quantity)of salaries down, she deserves that money. Save 300K and give her 100K extra. I'm all for that as a tax payer

BEEN KNOWING CARA FOR 20 YEARS  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 5:06 PM

Cara Pavlicek seeks revenge from strikers (of course the title will be something different) ...stay tuned for the next episode within 6 months.... SHE NEVER GIVES UP WHEN IT COMES TO KEEPING SALARIES LOW & HER SALARY HIGH! She Smiles & Stabs, Smiles & Stabs, Smiles & Stabs.......

JBMNN  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:49 PM

Murtagh's info has been proven WRONG on numerous times. Yet he continues..... Its called no accountability. Exactly what he is demanding. LOL Hypocrite. Endless bickering with false info is his MO. It's sad that in todays day and age, thats what his retirement has come down to. At least a John Hedges can show by example what a retiree should do and do well.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:33 PM

JBMNN, thank you for your input to try and knock John Butch Murtagh's information down, but no one on here is going to believe that. No matter what name you use, very close friend of Raymond's, no one is going to care.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:29 PM

Ray Johnson, the smart people on this post know that it's easy to say all made the decision, but the people on here know no one can make a decision. It's you and Pope who make the decisions and the rest just are there for the donuts. If Pope is going to let you be President this election, then you can make Pope Village Manager. No one cares what you guys do.

JBMNN  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 4:27 PM

" I could be wrong on any point in this piece ......"- Jon Murtagh. Classic Murtagh. You are also wrong on the amount it cost the Village. The interim was already a Village employee who was being paid by them. It was a minimal increase in her salary which was prorated by the way. Again throwing around bogus info, as usual. I think retirement has gone to your brain. Time to start fishing and beer drinking.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 3:37 PM

The July 11, 2012 meeting VM Search Consultant was not a meeting of the board or the board's personnel committee. The meeting was not scheduled in advance, there was no public announcement, and there is no agenda. I assume there will be no minutes.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 3:32 PM

The full board met on 3/8/12 to - Item II Discuss the VM selection process, III - Consideration of a motion to adjourn to executive session to discuss personnel, and IV - Approve minutes. On April 12, The Board's Personnel Committee (Pope, Johnson, Lueck) met to review the RFQ. On May 21, the committee met to discuss VM Search, On July 3, the committee met to discuss recruitment material, On July 10, the committee received a final draft (Were there previous drafts) of the community and candidate profile, and On July 11, the committee met with the consultant to discuss recruitment materials and the community and candidate profile which Ray Johnson says the trustees will be reviewing this week. He also said it would be publicly released by the end of "this week" (didn't happen). In the article, Trustee Lueck stated ""Everyone is pleased. He really did a great job at capturing our community. Everybody was on board." The "everybody" could only be Pope, Lueck, Johnson, and the consultant. The other board members according to Johnson's comment had received no information or material at that point. I could be wrong on any point in this piece as there are no minutes for any of the five meetings cited above. There is no way that I can believe Ray's post, "All seven members of the board are fully engaged in the hiring process for the new VM," until I see the minutes or the four non Personnel Committee members confirm their involvement.

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 9:02 AM

The fact that we need to refer to public documents from Sarasota, FL to gain information re. the resignation of our village manager tells us everything we need to know about the openness and transparency of the village board. Left to speculate, from Jan Pate's comment that Barwin "did not hear what the elected officials were saying", it appears Trustee Johnson, et al felt Barwin took his marching orders more from Pope than others, and hence was summarily dismissed.

Ray Johnson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 8:15 AM

@ John M.: Contrary to your theory that only the personnel committee created the community/candidate profile, all seven members of the board are fully engaged in the hiring process for the new VM. As well, all seven members of the board were involved in the evaluation process of the former VM. As well, the SEIU bargaining unit, (formerly the IAM bargaining unit) have had contract negotiations going on since before the contract expired on 12/31/10. Fourteen bargaining sessions were held in 2011 without resolution, so the fact of the matter is the board direction to staff on wages and merit-based pay have remained consistent - through the former and current manager.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2012 1:07 AM

Pope and Raymond just laugh you guys off because they know no one cares if they get back in, except a few people and that won't make a difference on the votes. Only way to make a difference is to form a party, select the best people to run, then get out to people by knocking on doors and delivering what Pope and Raymond have been up to. But that requires a real effort, and that's something Pope and Raymond don't need to do. If change is worth having, then it's worth working for.

Rerun  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 9:31 PM

Hope this is not a sham show for residents and waste of tax dollars. If Pope hires interim manager Cara Pavlicek then we will know it is.

When it's time to change  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 8:35 PM

We have to do everything we can to get Pope out and keep Johnson out of that seat. Enough.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 6:39 PM

Three things to remember in the Barwin Fiasco, 1)The decision to get rid of the VM before the end of his contract cost the village some $300,000 (contract buyout, interim VM salary, and search expense), Barwin had labor peace throughout his term - then we get a strike, The same three personnel committee members (Pope, Johnson, Lueck) are leading the new VM search.

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 5:24 PM

As per the report, according to former Trustee Jan Pate, "Mr. Barwin had several different, occasionally difficult, personalities to deal with." According to Sophia Lloyd, Executive Director, OPRF Community Foudation, "Mr Barwin worked well with his elected officials to the extent that he could, given their personalities." According to Jay Dalicandro, City Manager, Elmwood Park. "He had a difficult board to work with, large, culturally diverse, opinionated."

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 5:23 PM

The report stated; "The only person who might have anything to say to the contrary of Ms. Lloyd's opinions might be one of those Village Trustees, Ray Johnson. .... Whenever Mr. Barwin presented issues or recommendations to the Board, Mr. Johnson never seemed very open or receptive to them." It seems the board's disagreement remained between those serving on the Personnel Committee; Pope, Johnson and Lueck, and therefore of special interest to the public in the current VM

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 4:12 PM

Village President David Pope, who was first elected to the board as a trustee in 2003, the same year as Johnson. Barwin, "He suspects he was caught in a crossfire between a few long-serving trustees,". That's Pope and Raymond, and who runs Oak Park? Pope and Raymond, and who will be the next President of Oak Park? Pope or Raymond, because no one cares.

Ok from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 4:01 PM

Everything is just a big pain in the ass to get done with Pope and Raymond. Raymond, if Slavin doesn't get the right person for you, do you get the tax payers money back? "We do still have challenges before us," he said, including making sure Slavin's candidates match the profile the trustees envisioned.

Enuf is Enuf from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 3:45 PM

@JBM ... read Bill Dwyer's article in this week's Oak Leaves, "Divided board may have chased former Oak Park manager", at http://oakpark.suntimes.com/news/13685249-418/divided-board-may-have-chased-former-oak-park-manager.html. The article is based on a report on Barwin by an executive search firm hired by Sarasota, FL re. their city manager position (Barwin was a finalist), and provides a rare glimpse of the village board power struggle that led to his demise in Oak Park.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 13th, 2012 1:57 PM

Johnson "I do think we came up with a good balance of the good things in Oak Park and laid out some areas of focus." Wow! The board VM hiring committee (Pope, Johnson, and Lueck) with a good balance of good things in Oak Park. What a surprise!

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