Anderson asks Elburn department heads to resign

By on April 16, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
Elburn’s Village President-elect Dave Anderson said Tuesday he asked the village’s four department heads—the police chief, administrator, public works director and community development director—to resign.

He said he will interview them starting next week with the possibility of re-hiring them.

“I just think that it’s proper, from a procedural and protocol standpoint, for a new administration,” Anderson said. “I want to make sure that appointed officials, myself and the Village Board, are on the same page. For the most part, I think we are.”

Village Attorney Robert Britz said the department heads do not have to resign until Anderson takes office Monday, May 4.

“They do not have an obligation to resign until (Anderson) is sworn in,” Britz said.

Britz said under Illinois law, village presidents appoint department heads annually for one-year positions, with the advice and consent of their village boards. He explained that the timing of the one-year period typically coincides with the fiscal year, which begins in May.

The village hired Police Chief Jim Linane in 2001, Village Administrator David Morrison in 1999, and Public Works Director John Nevenhoven in 2008, and created and filled the Community Development Director position with Erin Willrett in 2008.

After Anderson takes office, he may decide to replace or rehire a department head; but if the Village Board does not agree on the decision, the existing department head may remain in place until the village president and board agree on a replacement.

The village president has the right to choose not to fill a department head position that previously existed.

“The discretion is with him,” Britz said.

Britz said Anderson may conduct employee interviews before he takes office, but may not make any binding decisions for the village.


  1. Elburnite

    April 20, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Here we go…. The powertrip has already started.
    1st step, boot out all the current heads of office and bring in friends and contributers to his campaign funds.
    Elburn has made significant improvements with the current heads of office, why disrupt this?????? If you live in Elburn, you’d realize this.

  2. Frank1

    April 24, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    “Just the good ol’ boys, never meaning no harm” as the song goes. What will this cost us (the city) in terms of severance, lawsuits and the like. Resign? You’d have to fire me (wouldn’t you want unemployment?)These people have done a great job and nothing wrong, you don’t even know their performance and you want them to resign? (you’re not even the Mayor yet)Yep,,,see you at the coffee shop for the next board meeting. A long 4 years, my friend.

  3. BlackberryCitizen

    April 26, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Maybe it’s time for a few more changes, other than Village Board President. The “resignation” process provides a method to do this.
    There have been some strange happenings involving Elburn’s police
    department in recent years. The current chief came from a bigger town with more activity than Elburn can offer; evidently he has had to invent “problems” to keep his men busy, such as: writing complaints about sidewalk signs advertising Paisano’s lunch specials and the Legion’s semi-annual spaghetti dinners; assigning a police officer to walk both sides of Main Street’s business district to record the length of time the three or four cars present are parked there;
    writing tickets to homeowners whose cars are parked a few inches over the sidewalks no one even uses, being a few examples.
    It looks like the only reason Elburn installed more sidewalks is so Chief Linane and his crew can write more tickets for parking on them.
    As to the sidewalk signs: a sign 18 inches wide on a sidewalk 10 feet in width “obstructs foot traffic,” but those several 4-foot wide planters don’t???

  4. Patty Pazin

    May 19, 2009 at 5:09 AM

    I agree with blackberrycitizen,
    Elburn police are ridiculous. They need to stay in their own jurusdiction also. I see them come as far as Pouley try and pull someone over.
    Lighten up Elburn.! Too many officers for a small town just yet.

  5. concernedelburncitizen

    June 7, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    I would like to ask the police department…How many cars/SUV’s does the department need? How many full time and part time officers are neccessary? What is the national ratio of citizens to patrolmen?
    what is Elburns ratio?
    I have been in Elburn for 30 yrs. When I got here there was 1 full time police chief. After 3 pm you had to call the county. Now you have cops writing tickets for garbage cans, open garage doors, sidewalk violations etc…and we wonder why we don’t money in the coffers for things like Park Districts and activities for kids. This police dept could/should be cut in half.