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Lakewood Village Board fires RedTail Golf Club manager

Trustees vote unanimously to oust Remke

The RedTail Golf Club appears April 5 in Lakewood. The Lakewood Village Board terminated the club's manager Tuesday night.
The RedTail Golf Club appears April 5 in Lakewood. The Lakewood Village Board terminated the club's manager Tuesday night.

Lakewood trustees voted Tuesday night to terminate the manager of RedTail Golf Club.

The Village Board unanimously voted to oust Terry Remke – a former Lisle golf pro who was charged with stealing funds from a golf course.

“He was terminated last night,” chief administrative officer Jeannine Smith said Wednesday morning. “We are currently filling the role with an interim golf manager.”

Smith said she couldn’t comment further because it’s a personnel-related matter.

Remke was hired in the spring by Smith, and he reported to her.

The club, 7900 Redtail Drive, is owned and operated by the village. It opened in 1992 as Lakewood Golf Course.

The manager position did not require board approval.

The position’s advertisement listed the salary as $60,000 with a performance-based bonus plan.

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.

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.

Remke worked at the golf course owned by the Lisle Park District for 14 years and resigned as superintendent of the club in May 2007.

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