La Grange administrators appoint Charity Jones as interim village manager – Chicago Tribune

The La Grange Village Board of Directors unanimously approved Community Development Director Charity Jones as interim Village Manager on Monday.

Jones will continue in her own role while replacing outgoing Andrianna Peterson, who is leaving to become deputy village manager for the village of Hinsdale.

Jones served the village for six years, having worked for the village of Lemont, first as a village planner and then director of village planning and development.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

She will serve as interim village manager until a permanent replacement for Peterson is approved by the board and paid 5% more than her current salary of $134,926.

The board also approved a resolution of appreciation for Peterson, who was in the audience.

Peterson first signed with the Village in 2006 as Deputy Village Manager, becoming Village Manager in 2017.

Chairman Mark Kuchler praised Peterson, saying “we needed a leader, and she was that leader for five years,” and quoted former chairman Tom Livingston, who said, “she has runs trains on time. Things were done when they were meant to be done.

The resolution specifically noted that Peterson was at the helm during the restoration of Stone Avenue Station, the formation of Lyons Township Area Communications Center (LTAAC) and the leadership Peterson has shown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board members congratulated Peterson.

“I am thinking of you for your attention to detail and your deep concern for the health and well-being of this community,” said Beth Augustine.

Shawana McGee noted Peterson’s commitment to communicating with residents, saying she always made sure to reach out at times when Dr. Martin Luther King was being honored.

“She always made sure we had adequate representation,” McGee said.

“It’s all a bit overwhelming,” Peterson said after Chairman Mark Kuchler read the resolution, saying it’s been a “privilege for over 16 years to work with so many professional and inspiring leaders and elected officials. , as well as residents, non-profits and businesses Few jobs are as fulfilling and offer the opportunity to directly impact people’s lives as the public service.

Other personnel issues resolved at the meeting were the swearing in of Cody Boll and Walter Findysz as firefighters/paramedics, and Jeffrey Behland and Thomas Bensfield as fire department captains.

The next meeting of the La Grange Village Board of Directors will be at 7:30 p.m. on September 12 at La Grange Village Hall, 53 S. La Grange Rd.

Hank Beckman is a freelance journalist for Pioneer Press.

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