Hanover Park's understaffed community development department finally has a new leader.
Village Manager Juliana Maller on Wednesday announced the appointment of Shubhra Govind as community and economic development director, a position that's been vacant for more than 18 months.
"Hanover Park is a village I feel is at the cusp of a lot of opportunities for redevelopment," Govind said. "It has a lot going for it in terms of major arterials and is being positioned for the right kind of development.
"I hope I can contribute in moving the village forward."
Govind brings with her nearly 20 years of municipal experience in Illinois and Ohio. Since March, she has served as interim director of community development for the city of Highland Park. She was Villa Park's community development director for six years before that and previously worked as a senior planner for St. Charles and Northbrook.
Govind holds a master's degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor's degree in architecture from Maharaja Sayajirao University in India. She's also accredited with the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Govind's employment with Hanover Park begins Sept. 16 at a salary of $104,500.
"We look forward to Shubhra joining Village Planner Katie Bowman and the rest of the staff in continuing the village's efforts to build a strong planning and economic base for the community," Maller said in a statement. "Her experience and passion for the profession will benefit the community."