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Morrison named assistant Elburn village administrator

ELBURN – Another week has brought another new title to David Morrison.

Monday, the Elburn Village Board, at the suggestion of Village President David Anderson, voted unanimously to give Morrison the title of assistant village administrator.

Morrison had served as Elburn’s village administrator since 1999 under former Village President James Willey.

But after Anderson was sworn in as the village’s new mayor on May 4, among his first actions as mayor was to demote Morrison from administrator to community development director and replace Morrison with then-Community Development Director Erin Willrett.

Anderson also, at that time, declined to reappoint James Linane as police chief, replacing him with Commander Steven Smith.

However, since switching the titles of Morrison and Willrett, Anderson said it has become clear that Morrison’s title did not fit his duties.

Anderson, for instance, appointed Morrison to serve on two village board committees on which he would not have been eligible to serve with the title of community development director.

Further, Anderson said, Morrison’s duties and Willrett’s duties overlapped in many places, both before May 4 and as Anderson sees them developing in the future.

“The way I saw things working, David (Morrison) was already going to be essentially an assistant village administrator, just as Erin (Willrett) was before,” Anderson said. “This is just matching the title to the responsibility.”

Further, as Willrett is now pregnant, Anderson said Morrison would be called upon to fill in for her more and more as the birth date for her unborn child approached.

“The position of administrator is very stressful and we don’t want to be adding to that unnecessarily,” Anderson said.

Morrison would continue to serve as the village’s community development director, as well, Anderson said.

Those duties include primarily a focus on attracting and regulating business and new home construction within Elburn.

Two trustees, Bill Grabarek and Patricia Romke, had voted against the swap of titles for Morrison and Willrett on May 4.

No trustees, however, spoke against the Morrison appointment Monday night.

Morrison could not be reached for comment Monday.

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