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posted: 5/31/2014 8:00 AM

Longtime employee Mogren no longer with village

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Linda Mogren is out as human resources director in Carpentersville, and the reason for her departure depends on whether she lands a job, according to a separation agreement with the village.

If she finds a job on or before July 1, her reason for leaving is resignation, according to documents the Daily Herald obtained through a public records request.

If she finds a job after that date, the reason for leaving is reduction in workforce.

Mogren, a village employee since 1998 and human resources director for nine years, sent an email to Village Manager J. Mark Rooney May 2, in which she said her last day in the office would be the same day.

She is using her vacation time until July 1, her actual last day of employment with the village. Mogren, who is still listed on the village website, has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

Village officials will not discuss the reason leading to her departure. Rooney would not comment about Mogren beyond a prepared statement.

"Mrs. Mogren has been a valued member of our team," Rooney said in his statement. "We are grateful for her years of service and her commitment to the village and its employees. I wish her nothing but the best of luck as she pursues future opportunities."

As part of the separation agreement, Mogren will receive salary for two weeks which amounts to $3,763.27, a lump-sum payment of $250 as an incentive to opt out of the health insurance plan, eligibility to receive health insurance benefits she would pay for and a letter of reference from Rooney. The village and Mogren also agreed to refrain from disparaging statements.

Mogren was scheduled to make $99,670.43 in salary this year.

Her departure, coupled with a pair of retirements in the public works department, means the village won't have to cut any other staff members, Rooney said.

"For this budget year going forward, we foresee no other changes to personnel," Rooney said.

The village will not fill her position right away, he said.

In the interim, the human resources generalist and assistant to the village manager will run the human resources department with help and oversight from Rooney and Assistant Village Manager Joe Wade.

The village has ordered a $5,000 analysis to help it determine whether it should continue with the existing setup, hire a new director or pay a consultant to do Mogren's job. The results will be released in the coming weeks.

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