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Oswegoland Park Board Hires New Executive Director

Rich Zielke had been working as the interim executive director since April.

The Board unanimously approved Monday afternoon the hiring of former deputy director Rich Zielke as the district’s new executive director.

since . McAdam took the position of executive director at the Downers Grove Park District.

“It’s an honor to be considered for and appointed to this position,” Zielke said at a special meeting called Monday for the sole purpose of promoting him. “I look forward to continuing working with the tremendous staff and leading the district on its path that (the board) has set for us.”

Zielke is the fourth executive director in the history of the park district, which was founded in 1950. He has been with the park district since 2006, and will make an annual base salary of about $110,000. He made about $97,000 annually as deputy director—a position he said likely will not be filled. By comparison, McAdam earned about $127,000 in his final year.

“The Board has been very pleased with the quality of work that Rich has provided while serving as the Interim Executive Director,” said Board President Bob Mattingly. “He has shown the ability to lead the staff in a professional manner, and his strength in handling finances has been evident since he has been with us.”

Zielke’s contract is effective Aug. 1 and runs through April 30, 2013. The board will evaluate whether to renew the contract on an annual basis, Mattingly said.

Zielke is a resident of New Lenox.

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Janis Reid July 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Now that there is a new Executive Director for the Oswegoland Park District, I was wondering what his views would be on putting a dog park in Oswego. Other surrounding communities have one, why not us?
TLC Carpet Floors and More, Inc. July 31, 2012 at 03:57 PM
How about if we don't spend anymore money & just take care of what we have. Since all the forclosers going on the tax revenue will be declining, not increasing. We do not lack for park area.
Rachael B. July 31, 2012 at 04:41 PM
That's good news. Congratulations, Rich!
Tony Salerno July 31, 2012 at 06:18 PM
FYI - in most if not all, foreclosed properties are good for county tax collectors... In order for the banks to be assured of not losing the home and be able to foreclose, they must pay the required county taxes. Banks associated with pre-Foreclosed properties pay the property taxes as required by the county. There is not a shortage in the county property tax budget due to the forclosures. No declining tax revenue @TLC...
Walt Hines August 01, 2012 at 12:13 AM
There are many empty lots in Oswego that belong to builders that went belly up. While they are not improved lots with a higher tax value it is money that is no longer being paid to the county.
Tony Salerno August 01, 2012 at 02:47 AM
The banks are paying the taxes on those too..
Walt Hines August 01, 2012 at 03:59 AM
How would the bank be involved if there was no mortgage? I called the county on this awhile ago and I was told there are many that to this date have yet to pay. The lady said we'll have to let the courts figure this one out. Just curious how this would all pan out.
Travis McGee August 01, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Walt, if there is no mortgage, there is no foreclosure. In this case, what you really have is a property owner that is delinquent on their taxes. When this happens, the taxes are sold by the county with the purchaser immediately having to pay the taxes. (The purchaser of the taxes can attempt to collect the taxes plus interest from the property owner, or, after 2.5 years can file a quit claim deed on the property and own it). It's a complicated procedure, but you can read about Kendall County Tax sales here: http://www.co.kendall.il.us/treasurer/pdf/Annual_Tax_Sale.pdf
Carol Anaski-Figurski August 02, 2012 at 12:31 AM
welcome to the neighborhood How's about putin a big pro dog park on the north east side of the prairie point park for dog walkers. I have ideas for a puppy pooch palooza. Also the splash pad is that for rent after hours for private party?

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