Prospect Heights City Administrator Anne Marrin recently resigned to accepted a similar position in Fox Lake.
Marrin was hired during a time of "budget deficits, furloughs and turmoil," said Mayor Nick Helmer, who credited her with rallying the staff and "turning around the entire structure and direction of the city,"
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He thanked her for her years of service.
"Anne was instrumental in wiping out the budget deficit, implementing new projects and raising the level of service and commitment to the citizens of Prospect Heights," Helmer said in a news release.
Additionally, Marrin pushed to upgrade the village's IT infrastructure, negotiated new contracts with unions representing the police and public works employees, and secured many grants, including funds for the public works building addition, safe routes to school sidewalks, and emergency road repair programs for Wheeling Road, he said.
Officials also credited Marrin for her role in the Prospect Heights street bond program in which the city secured $15 million for street reconstruction throughout the city. "She oversaw all bonding and construction and engineering involving the three phases of the city's largest project," said the mayor.
Marrin said Monday night that the Fox Lake position is closer to her home and involves more responsibility. She will oversee 94 full-time employees compared to 54 in Prospect Heights.
Her current salary in Prospect Heights is $125,000, Helmer said. Marrin resigns effective March 26 and begins in Fox Lake March 31. The city has already received applications for the position.
Marrin's assistant, Robert Sabo, has also resigned to take a similar position in Northbrook.