ST. CHARLES – Mark Koenen on Monday thanked the St. Charles City Council moments after aldermen unanimously approved his appointment to the position of city administrator.
The longtime public works director said he only planned to stay in public service for two years when he joined the city in 1982 at age 26.
“Having disclosed that, the reason I am here is because St. Charles is really a community of opportunity,” he said.
Koenen proceeded to thank the mayors and city administrators he worked for and mentioned other city departments.
“I see great success in our future because people really care,” he said.
Koenen’s appointment takes effect Aug. 31. He replaces Brian Townsend, who is accepting a position with the village of Schaumburg.
Koenen’s employment agreement, which the City Council unanimously approved, indicates he will receive a $170,000 salary.
He was set to receive about $165,449 in total compensation this year as public works director, according to the city’s total compensation report for 2013-14.
His employment agreement doesn’t indicate what his total compensation will be as city administrator, but it includes such benefits as a $600 monthly vehicle allowance and a 5 percent deferred compensation plan.
Koenen, who is working on a Master of Business Administration, will receive tuition for five courses of study toward that degree, according to the agreement.
His agreement also calls for a six-month severance package.
Townsend’s contract had a 12-month severance package. He was set to receive $217,377 in total compensation, including $193,110 in wages, according to the city’s total compensation report for 2013-14.
Monday was Townsend’s last City Council meeting. Mayor Ray Rogina thanked him for “a job well done.”
Townsend said he enjoyed his time in St. Charles immensely.
“Thank you for everything,” he said, “and I wish you nothing but the best in the future.”