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UPDATE: Shorewood Village Administrator is New Lenox's Choice to Replace Loebe

The Village Board finalized its choice Monday night and will announce the new administrator on May 9, but a source in Shorewood says Kurt Carroll is the pick.

Updated 12:30 p.m. April 20

Village Administrator Kurt Carroll is leaving Shorewood to take a job with New Lenox, according to . Carroll could not be reached for comment, but New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann confirmed that Caroll is coming on board.

"He is," Baldermann said. "We're just finalizing the details with him ... Russ has been a tremendous person to have in New Lenox and he is hard to replace, but we're excited to have Kurt and the experience he brings." 

Carroll has been the top man in Shorewood government since January 2001. He was working as an assistant city manager in Munster, IN, when he was hired by Shorewood. He is heading to New Lenox to take the administrator post for that village, "probably for more money," the source said.

The village is paying Carroll in excess of $110,000 a year, the source said, and has yet to line up a successor for the outgoing village manager.

"It probably won't be somebody making as much money at this stage of the game because we don't have that much going on," the source said.

Carroll will remain with Shorewood for about a month before leaving, the source said.

Previously:

The village has its new village administrator selected to replace Russ Loebe, who served in New Lenox for the last 40 years, 26 of which he was administrator.

Loebe that he would retire this spring, and following Monday night's Village Board (at which Loebe was no longer present), the trustees met in closed session to decide between the final two candidates.

Baldermann said the administrator would be announced at the May 9 board meeting. That's because the new board must be sworn in before approving the administrator's contract, and though there is no one new on the board, it's a formality that must be followed.

The board hired Voorhees Associates, LLC, based in Deerfield, to find Loebe's replacement. The search will cost the village at least $14,700 for marketing the job opening and recruiting, screening and interviewing candidates.

A committee of board members helped narrow applicants, and the entire board will approve the replacement. The search timeline was on schedule, which the village originally anticipating it would have a new administrator by the start of May.

Baldermann said there were 67 applicants for the position, and a committee helped reduce it to six "very highly qualified" candidates. The board conducted interviews and decided between two finalists.

Following board approval on May 9, the new administrator would likely start at the end of May.

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