Forest Park’s village council will appoint an interim village administrator during a special Sept. 5 meeting.
The announcement comes less than a week after Mayor Rory Hoskins told the Review that he had no firm timeline for when a village administrator would be appointed and said that department heads could potentially take over some of the administrator’s functions on interim basis. He also denied that he had any specific candidate in mind, and denied rumors that his administrative assistant, Rachell Entler was in line for the job. Entler served on the village council as the public property commissioner from 2015 to 2019.
The previous village administrator, Moses Amidei, was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 22, and the village council approved his firing and a severance agreement during its regular, Aug. 28 meeting.
Hoskins did not respond to a phone call seeking comment by deadline.
Under the commissioner form of government, the village council runs the village, with commissioners responsible for their respective departments. In practice, much of the responsibility for day-to-day village operations is delegated to a village administrator and department heads.
Forest Park municipal code currently has conflicting language on village commissioners’ and village administrator’s responsibilities. For example, it states that the village administrator “shall have supervision over the accounting work of the village,” while also stating that the Commissioner of Accounts & Finance “shall have charge of and supervision over all accounts and records of the village and all officers, departments and employees required to keep or make accounts, records or reports.”
The Sept. 5 meeting will take place at 11 a.m. at Forest Park Village Hall, 517 Desplaines Ave.
This is a developing story.