More search firms sought for Niles manager candidates
Updated: March 18, 2013 1:17AM
NILES — The process of hiring a new manager for the village of Niles has begun.
During a Jan. 8 meeting of the Village Board Mayor Robert Callero explained the village received proposals from three manager search firms, but would like to get two more proposals.
Callero said it should be about a four-month process to find the right person for the job.
“The one thing that we all agreed upon is hiring an outside firm to do the initial search,” said Trustee Chris Hanusiak. “Most of these firms have looked for village managers.”
Hanusiak said the search firm that is selected will provide a template for village manager qualifications and then the trustees will add on to that template with their own recommendations.
Callero said that the firm will probably narrow down the search to the top five candidates and then bring the top three candidates to the Village Board.
Callero added that whomever is elected mayor in April will choose who the next village manager will be, with the consent of the trustees.
“We want to get the ball rolling now,” said Hanusiak, who is running for mayor against Trustee Andrew Przybylo in the April 9 race. “We don’t know who’s going to be the mayor. Whoever is going to be the mayor is going to make the final decision.”
The Village Board also has a search firm committee composed of Trustee Louella Preston, Przybylo and Callero.
At the Jan. 8 meeting Preston read a lengthy list of qualifications for village manager that were listed in a brochure for the city of Elmhurst.
Preston said she agreed with the various qualifications in the Elmhurst brochure, such as the village manager having an “entrepreneurial spirit,” experience in securing state and federal grants, experience with budgets and fiscal management, effective communication abilities with media relations, and experience with long-range and strategic planning.
Preston also called for the new village manager to have a secretary and that the upcoming fiscal year’s budget include funding for the position.