River Forest officials are moving into the next phase of their search for a new village administrator and a new fire chief, scheduling a series of special village board meetings to conduct interviews with candidates.

Village President Cathy Adduci said officials will interview six candidates for the village administrator post on Saturday Oct. 30 and Monday Nov. 8 and three candidates for the fire chief position on Monday, Nov. 1.

She said the goal of the interviews is to whittle each group to two finalists with an overall goal of filling both positions by the end of November or beginning of December.

Lisa Scheiner has served as acting village administrator since Eric Palm resigned in February after 10 years with River Forest, leaving to accept a similar position in Hoffman Estates. She has been the assistant village administrator since 2013.

Scheiner was believed to have been one of the candidate for the permanent administrator position, but she confirmed to Wednesday Journal that she is not a candidate. The names of interviewees have not been released to the public.

Robert Nortier has served as acting fire chief since Kurt Bohlmann retired in September after four years as chief. Nortier came out of retirement to serve until Bohlmann’s replacement is hired, possibly longer, to help with the transition. Nortier was deputy chief when he retired in 2015.

In July, officials hired GovHR, a Northbrook-based public management consulting firm serving local government clients and other public-sector entities across the country, to conduct searches for village administrator and fire chief. The application deadline was Sept. 3.

Based in Northbrook, GovHR is a public management consulting firm serving local government clients and other public-sector entities across the country. The firm has been used by River Forest previously, most recently to fill the village finance director position, and is “very reputable,” according to Adduci.

The village is paying GovHR $22,500 for the fire chief search and $20,000 for the village administrator search.

This story has been changed to reflect that Lisa Scheiner is not a candidate for the village administrator position and to clarify how the village is paying for the two job searches through GovHR.

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