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Campton Hills tabs first village administrator

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 8:16 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 6:47 a.m. CST
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Jennifer Johnsen

CAMPTON HILLS – The village hired its first administrator, Jennifer Johnsen, who will step in to her new position in Campton Hills on Jan. 27, officials said.

"We're happy that she's coming, and we're looking forward to having a village administrator," trustee Al Lenkaitis said. "We went through a lot of candidates ... looking for a professional to help run the village. We're happy that she's coming."

Johnsen, who lives in Batavia, was chosen from a field of 48 candidates for the position, officials said in a statement.

Since Campton Hills' incorporation in 2007, Village President Patsy Smith, with the assistance of the village board and resident volunteers, has served as the acting village administrator and successfully established the village while managing its resources, officials said in a statement.

Officials believed it was time to hire an administrator to add continuity and professionalism to the position, and hiring Johnsen was one of its highest priorities, officials said.

Johnsen, who is currently the administrator for the village of Berkeley, has 10 years of local government experience. She also worked at Clarendon Hills and was an intern in the offices of former State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and former State Rep. Patricia Lindner, officials said.

Johnsen grew up in Elgin and attended Burlington Central High School. She said the idea of working closer to home appeals to her.

"I love it – really," Johnsen said. "I do so much for the public and the villages I worked for, and I never experience any of the progress I helped implement. It will be nice to be able to watch it grow and to be close to the progress that we make."

Johnsen said there are some similarities with Berkeley, which has had a village administrator only since 1998.

"A village administrator wears many hats, and I am excited to take on a similar role in a larger municipality," Johnsen said. "I think they are going to see a lot of changes over the next 20 years."

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