Lake in the Hills to combine community development, parks and recreation departments

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The village expects to save $175,000 a year by combining its community development and parks and recreation departments.

Public Works Director Fred Mullard will lead the operations in his new role as community services director for Lake in the Hills. The position change comes after several vacant positions have been reorganized.

“The whole function in community development is planning the village and ensuring a quality community where people want to live and work,” Mullard said. “Within that is the protection of parks and recreation spaces, and combining both departments will bring a more unified approach of how to handle that.”

Trustees approved all position changes at their Village Board meeting Tuesday. The village will save $175,000 annually through the reorganization.

Multiple positions became vacant last year, including the community development director, recreation supervisor in the parks department and a secretary in the Public Works Department.

Village staff conducted a review, including a collaborative internal study of current personnel and facility assets, along with a study of external comparable communities and municipal trends.

Deputy Public Works Director Daniel Kaup was promoted to director. The deputy position will be left vacant through attrition.

Michael Brown formerly held the position of community development director. Brown left the position in October, and the position was eliminated.

The recreation supervisor position was vacated, and at this point, the village does not plan to fill the position, Mullard said. The public works secretary position was replaced with a management analyst position.

Mullard said reducing manpower costs will benefit residents without changing the quality of services they receive.

“The recommendation calls for the building and enhancement of cross-functional teams, working to combat the department silos that are the basis for staff organization today,” according to village documents.

Other cited benefits include better use of physical space, the opportunity to gain efficiencies and leverage of technology.

Internal and external communication plans and inclusive training programs will be done to help staff adapt to the culture change and restructuring, according to village documents.

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