We have been following the public service arc of Matt Walsh, now River Forest’s interim village administrator, since he was actually a teenager.

A native of Forest Park, where we also publish the Forest Park Review, Walsh ran for public office very early. And when he was 20, he won a seat on Forest Park’s park board. He served admirably and innovatively as a park commissioner for eight years. He stepped down only 15 months ago as his municipal work in south suburban Homer Glen made it difficult. He was hired as an assistant administrator in River Forest last spring.

Walsh is solid, approachable, thoughtful. It is interesting that River Forest is not launching an immediate search for a permanent administrator. Our experience tells us that Matt Walsh will actively impress.

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