Wauconda hires new village administrator

Wauconda has a new village administrator.

The village board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to hire Kevin Timony for the key post. He'll start Monday, Nov. 13.

Timony most recently served as Grayslake's assistant village manager.

With his wife and two young daughters watching from seats in the audience, Timony recited the oath of office shortly after the board vote.

Applause and words of congratulations from village officials and audience members followed.

"Welcome to the team," Trustee Chuck Black said. "We're looking forward to working with you."

Timony replaces Doug Maxeiner in Wauconda. Maxeiner left in June to take a job in Moline.

Public Works Director Brad Fink has served as interim administrator since Maxeiner's departure.

Timony had been Grayslake's assistant manager since 2014. He previously worked as the town's special services and economic development manager, and before that he was a management assistant for the village.

Timony said he's looking forward to "getting my feet wet" and meeting people in Wauconda.

When asked about the work ahead, he cited the ongoing effort to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to town as the top priority. That project should be completed by December 2018.

Timony will receive a first-year salary of $125,000.

A Northbrook consulting firm called GovHR USA led the search for a new administrator.

Mayor Lincoln Knight nominated Timony for the job after 57 applicants were whittled down to two finalists.

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