Lisa Scheiner, assistant village administrator in River Forest who served as interim village administrator for 11 months in 2021, is leaving the village for a position in Streamwood.
Her last day in River Forest will be April 29. She will begin her new job as Streamwood’s assistant village administrator in mid-May.
Scheiner, who started with the village in September 2013, became interim village administrator when Eric Palm left in February 2021 to become village manager in Hoffman Estates.
She served in that capacity until Brian Murphy was hired as River Forest’s new administrator in December. As if serving as interim village administrator was not enough, shortly after Palm left, the pandemic hit, multiplying her responsibilities.
In addition to a proclamation read at the April 25 village board meeting, elected officials offered heartfelt expressions of gratitude and congratulations. Almost every member of the village board told her she will be missed.
“You impressed me with your knowledge,” Trustee Ken Johnson said. “From the bottom of my heart, you will be missed.”
“You have skills out the wazoo,” Trustee Katie Brennan said, also noting Scheiner’s talent and sense of humor. “There were a lot of interesting issues you had to grapple with.”
Trustee Rescipio Vazquez thanked Scheiner for her contributions prior to the pandemic and Eric Palm’s departure, then for “stepping to the plate” afterward.
“Your professionalism and poise are unparalleled,” Trustee Lisa Gillis said.
“I can’t imagine this office without you,” Trustee Erika Bachner said. “You are the full package and a triple threat.” She also thanked Scheiner for having “every single answer to our random questions.”
“When Eric [Palm] left, I was a deer in the headlights. How are we going to get through this?” Village President Cathy Adduci said. “Boy, you got us through it. Without hesitation, you had your hands in everything and it worked so well.”
She referred to Scheiner’s skills, including being articulate, poised and patient.
“Your writing skills are off the chart,” Adduci added, noting her ability to “synthesize complex issues so we could understand.”
The proclamation described her contributions to the village as “immeasurable” and referred to her “unmatched tenacity” to take on new assignments and responsibilities.
It also cited the “instrumental role” she played in developing the village’s COVID-19 safety campaign and its policy implementation and referenced her involvement with the village’s budget and capital planning processes, building division, human resources and labor relations, land use and development-related advisory bodies and zoning ordinance.
This is the second departure from Murphy’s administrative team this year. Jonathan Pape, assistant to the village administrator, left in March for a similar position in Glencoe. Matt Walsh is the new assistant to the village administrator.
Walsh, a Forest Park resident and former park district commissioner there, had served as assistant to the village manager of Homer Glen in the far southwest suburbs. From April 2021 until March 2022, Walsh served as Homer Glen’s interim village manager. He resigned his position there when Homer Glen trustees offered the permanent job to someone else.
Murphy said he will delay replacing Scheiner until after he has time to assess his team members’ strengths and weaknesses, noting recent hirings, including his own.