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Algonquin ‘moving along’ on manager

ALGONQUIN – Village Board members continue to work to find a replacement for Bill Ganek, who plans to retire this year as village manager.

Work on the search process by Village Board members has taken place for the past couple of months, Village President John Schmitt said. Voorhees Associates was hired for $12,000 to help conduct the search.

Ganek has been the village manager since 1992. No date has been set for when Ganek will leave, but he has said he will try to be flexible during the transition.

Schmitt would not comment on specifics of the board’s discussions because they have taken place in closed session.

“We’re looking for a ... good village manager to take Bill’s place, someone who can do as good a job as Bill has done and be here for the next 20 years,” Schmitt said.

About five people have been interviewed for the job, Schmitt said. “It’s moving along,. It hasn’t been finished yet, but it continues.”

Although Schmitt would not comment on a salary range for the next village manager, an advertisement by Voorhees said the person would earn at least $150,000 depending on qualifications and experience.

Ganek earns $200,000 a year.

The advertisement said candidates should have a strong background in municipal operations, financial management, capital project management and economic development.

The village is looking for someone with a master’s degree in public administration, business administration or a related field, and at least 10 years of experience in an upper management position.

Schmitt said the process is time-consuming, “and we’re not in any kind of a major hurry.”

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