Only three candidates remain in the running for the open Oak Park village manager position, according to Kira Tchang, Oak Park’s human resources director. The trio of finalists were chosen following interviews conducted last Thursday by the Personnel Committee, a subset of the village board.
As the interviews were held in executive session, the contents of the interviews are confidential and the names of those interviewed were not released. However, Tchang told Wednesday Journal a total of four candidates were interviewed by the Personnel Committee during the executive session, which lasted about four and a half hours.
At this time, the village has not released the names of the three finalists. However, Tchang said the names will be released this Friday, following confirmation from GovHR, the recruitment firm hired to assist the village in its village manager search.
“GovHR is likely still in the process of following up with all candidates and we will share more information regarding the finalist pool once we have confirmed that candidates will be proceeding forward in the process,” said Tchang.
In the meantime, the village of Oak Park announced via emailed newsletter that the community will have an opportunity to learn more about the three finalists during a virtual public forum scheduled for 7 p.m., Jan. 23. Finalists will be responding to questions “curated from input” gathered by GovHR at the forum, according to the newsletter. Residents have the ability to email suggested topics and questions for the finalists to GovHR at firstname.lastname@example.org until 5 p.m., Jan. 14.