Former River Forest boss gets new gig

Working as head of economic development in Des Plaines

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

River Forest’s former village administrator has landed on his feet.

Steve Gutierrez, who served as the village’s head honcho for two years to top off his 20-year tenure at village hall, parted ways with River Forest in September to spend more time with his family and go job-hunting.

In November, he landed a spot in the village of Des Plaines as their interim director of community and economic development.

“It felt good — it feels good to work,” Gutierrez said. “The city manager knew I was available and they had a gap to fill, so he gave me a call.”

Throughout his time in River Forest, working on economic development was always one of Gutierrez’s passions, so he was happy to get involved in it again.

“It was the part of the job that I enjoyed the most,” Gutierrez said. “I’m very comfortable with it.”

He’s always known the Des Plaines position was temporary, as they city’s already hired a permanent director of economic development.

Gutierrez will keep working with the new boss on the transition before leaving Des Plaines in a few weeks. But he’s confident he’ll find something else soon.

“I’ve got some irons in the fire right now in some other communities,” he said. “I’m casting a pretty wide net.”

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Albert - RF  

Posted: December 30th, 2010 5:08 PM

Mr. Sullivan - I am not sure what you are talking about, but the article said he is an expert in Development. My taxes are too high and I dont see any new stores, and he was around RF for as long as I have been here - 12 years. I called the village many times with no call back. I was glad to see him go - so you must be his friend. Happy 2011

Stacy from Forest Park  

Posted: December 30th, 2010 4:35 PM

There is a difference between an informed public and an interfering public. The reason it takes Oak Park so much longer than any other municipality to get ANYTHING accomplished (and it always costs more too) is because there are far too many cooks in the kitchen. It's one thing to know the menu but it whole other thing to demand to cook the fare. The elected leaders are just that, elected. If they fail you, then vote for someone new the next time around. In the meantime, allow them an opportunity to do their job. Based upon this article, there was no illegal meeting being held %u2013 surely you don't want the board discussing bargaining strategies out in the open? Anyone with even a slight amount of business sense knows that! The Village Board needs to stop listening to all you whiney nosey amateur chefs and just get down to doing the business of the village for and on behalf of all the people, not just the loudest ones.

Gary Sullivan from River Forest  

Posted: December 30th, 2010 1:26 PM

I am glad that Steve has found a temporary job in the city of Des Plaines. Albert, it is not nice to respond in the manner you did b/c Steve was pretty swamped being at the beckoning call of the Steves squared (Hoke/Dudek) trying to dig up dirt on previous boards decisions. He couldn't concentrate on what his position entailed b/c of distractions presented to him by the aforementioned soon to be replaced trustees. Happy New Year

Albert - RF  

Posted: December 29th, 2010 2:27 PM

Economic Development was the passion of our former CEO? Hard to tell that - where is the development that he brought in? Can any one find it? Maybe that is why he is no longer in RF.

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