Police chief to be interim Pingree Grove administrator
By Ryan Klassy For Sun-Times Media September 4, 2013 3:04PM
Pingree Grove Police Chief Carol Lussky has been appointed interim village manager. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:33PM
PINGREE GROVE — Chief of Police Carol Lussky was appointed interim village manager Tuesday night.
Lussky replaces Village Administrator Ken Lopez, whose departure was announced last week in a statement on the village website.
“His service to the village is appreciated,” the statement read. “At this time, the village board and Mr. Lopez have mutually reached a point where they have determined that the current model of village management is perhaps not the most innovative approach.”
Lopez was hired in October 2011 after working as village administrator in Beach Park for seven years. His contract with Pingree Grove was set to expire next year.
Deputy Chief of Police Shawn Beane was appointed interim chief of police. Both Lussky and Beane will remain sworn peace officers in the village.
The appointments were approved unanimously as part of the board’s consent agenda.
An ordinance was passed later in the meeting to approve the study of the village’s strategic and intermediate staffing needs and the development of a village staffing plan to meet those needs.
In other business, trustees listened to plans for a new salt dome in the village, two weeks after overriding a veto on the project by Village President Greg Marston.
Village Engineer Dave Burroughs explained that he and Public Works Director Pat Doherty have been working to finalize plans for the $200,000 structure. It will allow the village to store more salt for treating icy roads.
“I anticipate that at the Sept. 16 meeting we should have some site plans to look at,” Burroughs told the board.
In July, trustees approved spending $54,754 for engineering services for the project. Marston vetoed the measure in August, saying there had not been a successful case demonstrating the imminent need for such a project.
On Aug. 19, the board voted unanimously to move forward with the plan, overriding the village president’s veto. Trustee Charles Pearson was absent for that vote.
Doherty has requested enough room to store a year’s supply of salt — 1,700 tons — but also has asked engineers for design options for smaller, less-expensive structures that could be expanded later.
“If we downsize or go smaller, I want to know how much it will cost to add on to it later and can we design that in now as long as we’re paying for the engineering,” Doherty said.