The village board of Oak Park was expected to make an offer to one of the three final village manager candidates in early February, but it appears that the village may not be in a position to do so. A fourth candidate is now being considered for the role, according to a Feb. 1 village news release.

Kevin Jackson, deputy city manager of Long Beach, Calif., is scheduled to be interviewed remotely by panels of senior village officials, partner organizations and community stakeholders on Feb. 2. He will also be interviewed by the village board the following day beginning at noon. The village news release states that the board is set to reconvene that evening with the goal of deciding the candidate to whom they plan to extend an offer.

“While any one of the finalists could do a fine job with the board’s leadership, my colleagues and I concluded that it was our responsibility to consider all suitable talent for this crucial role,” Village President Vicki Scaman said in the news release. “We have had to balance process with the realities of a very competitive labor market.”

During Jackson’s time as deputy city manager, a role he has held for the last four years, he managed an array of boards and commissions, such as the citizen police complaint commission. He has also been involved in equity, cultural heritage and regional planning initiatives.

Prior to his work in California, he spent nine years as the neighborhood services director for the city of Champaign, in central Illinois. He has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Arizona State University.

He is being considered for the position alongside Interim Village Manager Lisa Shelley; Eric Johnson of northwest suburban Carpentersville; and Lionel Lyons of Petersburg, Va.

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