HINSDALE – It may have occurred earlier than expected, but the Village of Hinsdale will now conduct a nationwide search for a new village manager.
"If you would've asked me in February or March, I would've told you it was always my goal to be here for another three years," said outgoing Village Manager David Cook. "I always planned to retire at 60, but it didn't work out and that's life."
The 56-year-old Cook – who has spent the last eight years as village manager but been employed with the village for 23 years – will leave his post in July after a new contract agreement couldn't be reached with the Village Board.
His contract expired in April, and neither Cook nor Village President Tom Cauley discussed what the issues were pertaining to the contract.
Cauley said the village will hope to find Cook's replacement by the end of the summer.
"I've turned it over to a recruiting firm so people from in-house can apply to [the position] as well as people from outside," Cauley said.
The firm, Voorhees Associates, will be accepting applications now through June 24. Depending on qualifications, the position pays $175,000 not including benefits, according to the job posting.
In the meantime, Cook has accepted a new job as executive director of the Intergovernmental Personnel and Benefits Cooperative. Hinsdale is a member of IPBC, so Cook said he will still be in contact with some staff members.
Prior to taking on the role of village manager, Cook served as assistant village manager and director of finance. In his years at the village, it's the people he said he'll miss the most.
"Obviously I've been in Hinsdale for 23 years and have built a large number of relationships with the staff, but also the citizens and that's what has kept me here for many years," he said. "It's a great community and I've invested a great deal of myself in this community and I love this community."