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Sugar Grove seeks new community development director

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – When the village’s previous community development director, Rich Young, told officials he was leaving for another job, Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger tabbed Walter Magdziarz to serve as an interim director.

“I started making phone calls, looking for who was qualified and who was available,” Eichelberger said. “Walter has been around for 20 years in the community development field.”

Eichelberger said Magdziarz was a qualified fit in the interim while officials seek Young’s replacement.

Magdziarz started Dec. 1 under contract at $60 an hour, he said. The contract allows the village to end it at any time, or for Magdziarz to do so, if he gets an opportunity elsewhere, he said.

“Rich’s last day was the end of December so there was some overlap to get some transition time and get Walter up to speed,” Eichelberger said. “Walter will be given consideration for the job.”

The village has received 50 applications, Eichelberger said.

“Right now, we’re not interviewing – 50 applications is a lot to go through,” Eichelberger said. “This is not something you want to rush. Ideally, we’re looking at probably March or April as a target date, but it could take a little longer.”

Young came to the village in February 2008, and his salary when he left was $103,459.

The anticipated starting salary range is $82,243 to $93,122, according to the village’s recruitment profile for the position. The top of the salary range is $104,000.

The community development director’s duties include acting as a liaison to developers and others regarding proposed development; coordinating the village’s involvement in long-term economic development programs; working with the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation to attract new business and retaining and expanding existing ones; and coordinating annexation, subdivision and redevelopment negotiations and agreements.

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