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Plainfield Park District Could Have New Director By July: Commissioner

The deadline to apply for the job will be May 19.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo

Candidates could begin applying for the Plainfield Park District executive director job by the end of the week, according to commissioner Mary Kay Ludemann.

Ludemann said the job will be posted by late this week or early next week, with an application deadline of May 19.

The position has been vacant since late January, when Garrett Peck resigned. Peck is also a current Village of Plainfield trustee. He was hired last May in a controversial move that bumped former Superintendent of Planning Cameron Bettin from the job, which he was originally slated to take over upon the retirement of longtime Executive Director Greg Bott. 

In late May, board members voted to amend Bettin's contract to make him the assistant executive director, while Bott's contract was also altered so that he retired six weeks earlier than scheduled.

Now, the board is paying the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) $9,490 to conduct a search for Peck's replacement.

A committee made up of Ludemann, fellow commissioner Janet Silosky, interim Executive Director Gene Coldwater, retired executive director Bott and board attorney Matt Campbell put together qualifications that are being used by the IAPD in the search.

Ludemann said job candidates could be presented to the board by the first week of June. According to IAPD's schedule, the board would then interview candidates in mid-June, and a new executive director could be hired by July 17.

Larry Newton April 02, 2014 at 06:40 AM
everybody sees a delay of a year to implement change...even to turn back to get on the original path.
Mayhem April 02, 2014 at 07:30 AM
Why is Silosky on this committee?
Vicky Polito April 02, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Video of the meeting is up--see Town Sqr post of: http://plainfield.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/ptpd-april-1st-2014-mtng-video-up
Melissa N Daryl Weppner April 02, 2014 at 11:09 PM
What are the job requirements? Maybe I should apply!
Mayhem April 03, 2014 at 08:20 AM
So no answers to my above question? How is it that a big part of this issue is because of Silosky, yet she is on a committee to find another ED? It is definitely not in the best interest of the community to have this broad making any recommendations what so ever. Let's not forget that she was all for Peck once upon a time. Behind the scenes she still is, but we all know those clowns have an awful lot of stories to get straight among themselves.

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