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Vote on director planned for Plainfield park district meeting

PLAINFIELD – Plainfield Township Park Commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a new park district executive director and hold a hearing on next year’s $12 million budget.

Members also are scheduled to decide on the appointment of a new general counsel to replace attorney Matt Campbell; auditing services with Lauterbach & Amen, LLP; and an engagement letter with Foley and Lardner LLP, to assist in negotiating a contract with the new union formed by maintenance employees.

Although discussions were rocky between commissioners, a majority selected Worth Park District Executive Director Carlo Capalbo to take up the executive position with the Plainfield park district.

According to a draft copy of the 3-year contract, Capalbo will be paid a starting salary of $115,000 for the first year. His pay will increase from 3 to 6 percent each of the next two years, dependent on a board evaluation.

The draft contract includes reimbursement for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred on the job, a $100 a month vehicle allowance and use of a park district pool vehicle.

Capalbo will be allowed eight personal days, one sick day a month, 15 vacation days and holidays. He is expected to start in early September. Contract details may change at Wednesday’s meeting.

Commissioners Peter Hurtado and Peter Steinys previously told The Herald-News that Capalbo, while a good candidate, wasn’t the candidate originally settled upon by the board during closed session.

They claim that, after an informal vote taken during a July 22 closed meeting came out in support of one candidate, attorney Matt Campbell tried to persuade commissioners toward a different candidate.

Hurtado and Steinys said Campbell was out of line, so they left the meeting. Meanwhile, board President Mary Kay Ludemann, Vice President Janet Silosky and Commissioner Larry Newton continued the meeting.

Ludemann has previously said another candidate was initially favored, but noted a discussion followed the rankings of candidates, and that discussion “changed things” as they looked at the pros and cons of each one. She also confirmed the decision was made after two commissioners walked out of the meeting.

“They walked out of the process by their own choice,” Ludemann said. “That left a quorum of three of us and we decided to continue the meeting.”

Hurtado said the incident led to him and Steinys requesting a vote directing Campbell’s law firm, Kavanagh Grumley & Gorbold, LLC, to replace Campbell with another attorney.

Wednesday’s meeting starts 6 p.m. at the Heritage Professional Center, 24023 W. Lockport St.

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