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HUNTLEY – The Huntley Village Board will look to secure its village manager for another four years Thursday, after members awarded him a $10,018 raise for his service earlier this year.
The extension would keep Village Manager Dave Johnson in Huntley through April 2017. He earned a 7.1 percent raise already this year that brought his salary to $151,400.
The village’s top executive also is entitled to annual salary increases in future years based on performance reviews under the contract extension, according to village documents.
“We feel very comfortable with him in what he is doing in Huntley,” Trustee Harry Leopold said.
The board wanted to secure Johnson for the long term, after he was approached by officials in nearby Algonquin during its recent search to fill a village manager vacancy, Leopold said.
Johnson’s new salary is average compared with those in neighboring cities, he said.
Algonquin, for example, ultimately paid new Village Manager Timothy Schloneger $165,000 a year in salary. Woodstock paid $140,000 a year to hire Roscoe Stelford as its city manager.
Johnson also didn’t accept annual salary increases given to village employees the past two years, Leopold said.
“We are kind of making up for lost ground,” Leopold said.
Johnson went from assistant village manager to the top administrative spot after longtime Village Manager Carl Tomaso died in 2008. He quickly assimilated himself, reorganized staff to conserve costs and, recently, negotiated a new contract with police officers to save the village thousands in legal fees, Leopold said.
Johnson has overseen recent major economic development projects in Huntley, including the Route 47-Interstate 90 interchange and the Route 47 widening completion.
He and his staff also have been working with Centegra Health System officials on the designs of the new $233 million Huntley hospital.
The board will meet to approve Johnson’s contract extension during its regular meeting Thursday. Trustees also will give final approval for a proposed expansion to the Regency Square.
Real estate developer Interstate Partners wants to construct an Aldi grocery store, a Brunch Café and a yogurt shop on two lots south of the Starbucks and Rookie’s All-American Pub and Grill within the strip mall located along Regency Parkway.
Trustees also will decide whether developers Ryland Homes and Lennar Homes should build 29 additional units within the Talamore subdivision.
Some trustees in a committee meeting last week were concerned the developers wanted to build more homes on smaller lot sizes than what was agreed upon in 2005, when the housing development originally was approved.