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Lakewood board to consider firing RedTail Golf Club manager Tuesday

Remke manages village-owned club

The RedTail Golf Club appears April 5 in Lakewood. The Village Board will vote on whether to terminate the RedTail Golf Club manager Tuesday night.
The RedTail Golf Club appears April 5 in Lakewood. The Village Board will vote on whether to terminate the RedTail Golf Club manager Tuesday night.

Lakewood trustees will vote Tuesday whether to terminate RedTail Golf Club’s manager.

The Village Board agenda includes a motion to approve the termination of Terry Remke – a former Lisle golf pro who was charged with stealing funds from a golf course. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the club, 7900 Redtail Drive.

Remke could not be reached for comment Monday morning at the club.

Jeannine Smith, the village’s chief administrative officer, declined to comment. However, when questioned about whether the village is seeking a new manager, Smith said, “We’ll cross that bridge [Tuesday] night.”

Last week, the board went into closed executive session regarding “the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees of the village, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee to determine its validity.”

Smith said she could not discuss the closed session. Interim Village President J. Carl Davis declined to comment on the closed session.

Remke was hired this spring by Smith. Former Village President Paul Serwatka, who resigned this summer after moving away, supported Remke and said he believes some trustees are moving to remove Remke in his absence.

“I can’t say I didn’t see this coming,” Serwatka said.

Remke was charged in 2008 with stealing more than $10,000 from the Lisle Park District. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of Class B misdemeanor theft for unauthorized control of property not exceeding $300, and was placed on two years of probation, according to DuPage County court documents.

Serwatka said Remke was hired by Smith, and he supported her decision because of his “forthrightness” during the hiring process and because there were no other criminal offenses on his record.

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