Swansea picks village administrator; when will public know?

News-DemocratOctober 21, 2013 

Swansea could have a new village administrator by the next village trustee meeting, perhaps even sooner.

At the trustee meeting Monday night, Mayor Ken Mueller announced that he has made a decision but wasn't yet ready to make his selection public.

"Basically, with the help of the trustees and the interviews we did, I have made a selection," he said "I will make an announcement at the next meeting or a special meeting. I have notified most of the people, but, I want to notify the rest before it is public. There has been a selection and the trustees have been part of it and I think it will move smoothly from now on."

Last week a special meeting was held to give trustees an opportunity to interview four candidates before the final selection.

The village is replacing the former administrator who left the $90,000 position nearly a year ago. Former village administrator John Openlander, who was hired in 2008, submitted his resignation to the village board in September 2012 and officially left the village Nov. 9. He left to take a city administrator position in another state.

Craig Coughlin has served as interim village administrator since Openlander's resignation.

During Monday's meeting the board also approved a resolution to replace the roofs of two pavilions at Mel Price Park. The pavilions were damaged during a storm and insurance covered the damage. The cost of the replacement roofs is expected to be $15,380. Insurance will cover the replacements.

Trustees also discussed replacing the facade of the government building during the roads, buildings and grounds committee meeting. Replacement of the fading, discolored facade is estimated to cost $8,625 and could be paid for out of the village's TIF funds. They did not vote on the issue during the regular trustee meeting.

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