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Ryan Provenzano resigns from Algonquin Township Highway Department, township officials say

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser (left) and Ryan Provenzano.
Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser (left) and Ryan Provenzano.

Ryan Provenzano, a Republican Party insider who at one time earned more than $33 an hour in two Algonquin Township offices and lost one of those jobs in an abrupt firing, has resigned from the highway department.

Provenzano’s resignation as deputy highway commissioner was effective Friday afternoon, according to Supervisor Charles Lutzow and Trustees Melissa Victor and Dave Chapman.

“They’re already working on [deactivating] his fobs,” Victor said. She said she got a phone call from Lutzow with news of Provenzano’s exit. “He found another job somewhere else, and that’s all we heard.”

“I shook his hand and wished him well,” said Chapman, who said he walked out of the building with Provenzano just after 4 p.m. Friday.

The Northwest Herald could not reach Provenzano or Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser for comment.

Provenzano’s exit followed months of turmoil inside Algonquin Township and the road district.

In January, his roles in two offices raised questions among township officials and road district employees, who contended his hiring was the product of patronage and cronyism.

The Republican had agreements in place to earn $32 an hour working full time as the chief of staff in Lutzow’s office, and another deal working part time as deputy highway commissioner for the road district. He made $33 an hour – $4 more an hour than the road district’s highest-paid employee, Randy Voss, a four-decade highway department veteran.

On the township side, Lutzow terminated the 24-year-old chief of staff and banned him from the premises. Gasser kept Provenzano on the road district payroll as a full-time employee earning $20 an hour.

Lutzow’s ban was later lifted to allow Provenzano into the township building to train an employee after Gasser fired an administrative assistant in his office.

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