Algonquin hires new village manager

ALGONQUIN – After a search that took several months, the Village Board on Tuesday hired Timothy Schloneger, the current Lockport city administrator, to be the next village manager.

He has been in Lockport for six years.

Schloneger replaces Bill Ganek, who is retiring after being at the helm of the village since 1992.

His first day on the job is scheduled for Feb. 18. He will earn $165,000 a year.

“I am impressed by the standard of excellence set by the board members and staff,” Schloneger said in a news release. “I am looking forward to becoming part of such an energetic, proactive and visionary organization. It is clear that those serving in Algonquin care about the community and work well together.”

Schloneger was not present at Tuesday’s board meeting, where his hiring was announced.

Ganek, who earned $200,000 a year, has yet to determine his last day. He will stay on the job to help with the transition.

Village President John Schmitt said Schloneger is well-rounded and has experience with transportation projects, economic development and downtown revitalization, “which fit the vision of what the Village Board was looking for in the next village manager.”

Schmitt said Schloneger has good attention to detail, understands how to work within the budgetary process, is responsive to trustee and resident requests, and is good in dealing with staff members.

Schloneger also was detailed-oriented in his answers during his interviews, Schmitt said.

He has developed financing for Lockport’s capital improvement program, improved the city’s bond rating and negotiated several development agreements to increase economic development opportunities along the Illinois Tollway’s I-355 expansion through Lockport, according to the Algonquin news release.

Schloneger has worked in Lemont and Romeoville and is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Illinois City/County Management Association.

Ganek has been village manager since 1992, and the Village Board hoped to find someone who will have the same longevity.

“That’s the reason we deliberated so long because we [were] looking for somebody we felt that would fit this village and where are our goals are, and be here for 20 years,” Schmitt said.

In July, the village hired Voorhees Associates for $12,000 to help conduct the search.

About 75 people applied for the job. The board interviewed seven or eight candidates, Schmitt said.

“You’ve got a stable environment, with a good fiscal climate, a stable board, a constituency that appreciates the work, and a really well-developed and knowledgeable staff,” Schmitt said.

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