FOX RIVER GROVE – The village is on the search for a new administrator – again. Village Administrator Karl Warwick confirmed he will be leaving to take the helm in Lake Villa.
Warwick, who has a salary of $112,000 in Fox River Grove, will be paid the same amount in Lake Villa to be the town’s first village administrator.
According to the U.S. Census bureau, Lake Villa has about 8,800 residents.
Warwick is scheduled to leave the Fox River Grove job in mid-January.
He was hired in Fox River Grove in September of 2012 to replace longtime administrator Art Osten. Warwick, who lives in Gurnee with his wife, Tracy, and three children, said the move was a family decision. He added he was having trouble selling his house.
“It’s an opportunity to work in proximity to where I live,” Warwick said. “Lake Villa is a great community [with] nice people.”
His commute will be reduced from 45 minutes to 10 minutes.
“Fox River Grove is definitely an excellent community,” Warwick said. “The board members were great to me. ... It was a tough decision.”
Before coming to Fox River Grove, Warwick was the assistant village administrator in Lindenhurst. He also previously worked in Grayslake for five years as senior assistant to the village manager and director of economic development.
Village President Bob Nunamaker said village board members have started the process of interviewing candidates, who are prospects he identified by speaking with mayors around McHenry County. So far the board has interviewed three candidates, Nunamaker said.
He said the decision should be made before the end of the year.
Downtown economic redevelopment will be the next administrator’s main focus, Nunamaker said. A salary range has not yet been set.
“We’re opening up the range to get the person who can make downtown redevelopment become a reality,” Nunamaker said.