By Ben Meyerson
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.”