Oak Park’s new manager choice may take ‘several weeks’
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:11AM
OAK PARK — After a nearly 10-month search process, the Oak Park Village Board sat down with a half-dozen village manager candidates Saturday and Sunday at the Carleton Hotel.
After the series of interviews, Village President David Pope said Monday that while the board “felt good about the way the weekend went,” a final decision on a new village manager is likely still several weeks away.
“I’d expect we could conclude the process over the course of the next several weeks,” he said.
Last week, Pope confirmed that the board narrowed the field down to six individuals for the final interview process. On Dec. 5, the village also released three board meeting agendas for special meetings that were to be held on Friday night and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Each were closed sessions to discuss personnel.
Pope said the Carleton was chosen for the convenience of both the board and the candidates.
“We decided to hold it at the Carleton to give folks an opportunity to spend more time in Oak Park,” he said. “And for the board to spend some good time with people, one of whom may be our next manager.”
In November, Pope noted that seven finalists were scheduled to be brought in for interviews. He declined to address whether interim village manager Cara Pavlicek was among that group.