An interim parks director has been appointed in Glen Ellyn while a search is completed for a permanent one.
Mike Fugiel, a former Lombard park director and 33-year veteran of the parks and recreation field, will oversee day to day operations at the park district on a part-time basis, according to board President Melissa Creech.
Superintendent of Recreation Kathleen Esposito and Superintendent of Parks Dave Scarmardo had been appointed as co-interim directors in January following the retirement of longtime Executive Director Cory Atwell.
Creech said hiring Fugiel would allow Esposito and Scarmardo to return to their full-time jobs during the park district's summer busy season.
Fugiel, who retired as Lombard Park District's executive director in 2007, will be paid $1,600 per week, but won't receive any benefits since he is a contract hire through Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, the park district's search firm.
In January, Creech and fellow Commissioners Jay Kinzler and Julia Nephew voted against appointing two co-interim directors. At the time, Creech said she wanted a "a clear chain of command."
Following April's election of three new commissioners who had been endorsed by Creech, Kinzler and Nephew, the new board discussed the appointment of a single interim director at its first executive session meeting May 3, Creech said.
Fugiel was officially appointed last week.
Candidates for the permanent position are expected to come before the park board beginning next month, and a director could be in place by August, Creech said.