Elk Grove park director stepping down in February

  • Tom Busby

    Tom Busby

Updated 11/14/2018 5:25 PM

The Elk Grove Park District is looking for a new executive director, after Tom Busby announced he will leave when his four-year contract expires in February.

Busby was promoted to the top spot in 2015 when Mike Brottman stepped down after 10 years at the helm. Busby, who has spent nearly three decades working for park districts, said he doesn't currently have another job lined up.


"I'm going to take some time for myself and do some stuff around the house, and decide if we're going to stay in the area or move," Busby said.

As executive director, Busby oversaw a $2.3 million project to build a new concession stand, bathrooms and maintenance buildings at Community Athletic Fields, and helped negotiate the district's purchase of six acres at 711 Chelmsford Lane formerly owned by Elk Grove Township.

While Busby was the park district's director of business services, the district's bond rating rose two notches to Aaa -- the highest on Moody's scale.

The five-member elected park board of commissioners is doing a search for Busby's replacement, and is requesting written applications by Dec. 9. The board will review applications by Dec. 15, with interviews tentatively set to begin Jan. 3. The new hire could start by March 1.

According to the board's job ad, commissioners are looking for someone with eight to 10 years of related experience.

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