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Village of Lemont to promote assistant administrator to top spot

LEMONT – The village of Lemont is promoting Assistant Village Administrator George Schafer to village administrator, effective July 1.

Schafer is replacing Ben Wehmeier, who is leaving for a job in Wisconsin.

“I am truly excited for the opportunity to become the next village administrator for this great community,” Schafer said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Village Board, staff, residents and others in accomplishing the community’s goals over the coming years.”

“I believe that George has the capabilities and has proven himself as a worth administrator,” Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves said Wednesday.

Reaves made the appointment at the Lemont Village Board on Monday. The board will discuss and vote on Schafer’s contract during the June 24 meeting.

Schafer first started working for the village in 2005 as an intern. He was hired full-time as the assistant village administrator in 2007.

Wehmeier said he has been working with Schafer on the transition since he announced he was leaving because Schafer was going to be part of the process no matter who the new village administrator was.

“I think George is an excellent pick,” Wehmeier said. “He has grown very much since he started here in 2005.

“As a boss and a good leader, you always hope you put someone in the position to replace you.”

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