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Channahon hires three new administrators

CHANNAHON – Three new senior-level administrators for the village of Channahon were hired at Monday’s board meeting.

Thomas Durkin, current Crete village administrator, was named Channahon’s village administrator, replacing Joe Pena, who retired in May. Durkin’s salary is $112,000 plus $300 a month in vehicle allowance. He will begin the position July 28, and his contract will expire on the expiration of the term of the current village president in 2015.

Durkin will not be required to live in the village at this time, although residence is a matter of importance to the board. According to his employment agreement, he may be required to move to Channahon after working in the position for four years.

“He comes from a very well-rounded background,” Channahon trustee Sam Greco said Tuesday. “He has economic development experience, he’s done contract negotiations, and he was by far the best candidate. I’m excited. I think we’re assembling a great team. We’ve got the start of something great.”

Current Director of Community Development Mike McMahon, is leaving July 3, and the Village Board approved replacing him with its in-house information technology/geographic information system coordinator. According to Village President Joe Cook, Mike Petrick began as an intern with the village when he was only 17 years old and has been a dependable and highly competent staff member.

The title of the position has changed with Petrick’s appointment and is now director of community development and information systems. Petrick will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the village’s zoning, building and code enforcement programs, in addition to developing and maintaining its information systems and technology. Cook said Petrick was the best choice for the job of all the applicants who applied.

“We had the right person to do the job right here,” Cook said Tuesday, “and he’s ready to take on the new position. He’s from Channahon, he lives in Channahon, and he’s done some wonderful work for us.”

Petrick’s starting salary is $79,000.

The third position appointed was a new finance director to replace retiring director Bob Guess. Erik Bush, formerly McClain County Unit 5 School District’s business manager and more recently Hampshire’s village administrator, will start the job next week.

“Erik has been a village administrator, a county finance officer for Peoria County and the finance director at a large school district,” Cook said. “He’s also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.”

Cook said the finances of Channahon are solid and stable and that Bush should add to its strength.

“I know he will enhance what we have now,” Cook said, “in technology, investments and money management.”

Cook acknowledged it was unusual to have so many senior staff officials to replace at one time. Pena retired, Guess took early retirement, and McMahon resigned to look for employment in a different location.

“These are high quality individuals taking on these rolls,” Cook said. “It’s a very dynamic team that’s going to enhance our existing team. I think our executive staff is going to be the envy of many.”

Greco felt the new employees will strengthen Channahon as well.

“I think the next few years can be really prosperous for Channahon,” Greco said. 

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