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Karl Warwick hired as first Lake Villa village administrator

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 1:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 1:51 p.m. CDT
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The village of Lake Villa has hired Karl Warwick to be its first village administrator.

Lake Villa has for the first time a village administrator. Karl Warwick began his new role Jan. 29. Warwick previously served as the Fox River Grove village administrator. Before coming to Fox River Grove, Warwick was the assistant village administrator in Lindenhurst. He also previously worked in Grayslake for five years as senior assistant to the village manager and director of economic development. Warwick, who lives in Gurnee with his wife, Tracy WarWick, and three children, said taking the new job was a family decision. Warwick spoke with Lake County Suburban Life intern Kyle Stephans about what he hopes to accomplish.

What are your goals?

My goals are to focus on the economic development for downtown.

What have you learned about the infrastructure of Lake County?

The infrastructure is very good at meeting the community needs. It also is able to easily adapt to the problems that people can face.

What makes Lake Villa stand out from other villages?

Lake Villa has a lot of opportunities that are very close to the economically developing downtown and it is close to the Metra train for commuters. The Busy Brains has also taken over the construction of an old building and turning it into a children's museum.

How do you feel about being Lake Villa's first village administrator?

Very proud and definitely exited. Hopefully it will be fun carrying through initiatives that have been established by the village and mayor.

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