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Plainfield

Plainfield parks director makes high-level staff changes

PLAINFIELD – Executive Director Carlo Capalbo has made his mark since he took over the Plainfield Township Park District in September.

He oversaw the implementation of a new facilities use policy, adjusted financial procedures and has been a stabilizing force for the park district board during meetings.

Capalbo also reshuffled the administrative structure of the park district. The biggest changes are the rehiring of a planning director, and the consolidation of the marketing department under the recreation department.

“We looked and decided what was the best fit for all the positions, and how we’re best utilizing our talent,” Capalbo said.

A look at the staff page on the park district’s website shows that several titles and positions have moved or changed since Capalbo took over.

Changes

When former Executive Director Garrett Peck was at the helm in 2013 up to when he resigned in February 2014, he outsourced the park district’s planning department to a Naperville-based landscape architecture firm.

Two interim executive directors later, Capalbo brought back the department, hiring Director of Planning and Procurement Jennifer Rooks-Lopez.

The communications and marketing department also was merged under the direction of Cheryl Crisman, the director of recreation. That means former Director of Communications Doug Booth became the communications and marketing manager.

“Looking at the job [Booth] was doing and evaluating it, I thought it was more of a manager level than a director,” Capalbo said. “It seemed tied to the recreation department, and it was in our best interest not to make it a standalone department.”

Salaries

The interim executive director before Capalbo, Richard Grodsky, put in place a salary structure based on level of administrative employment.

“I haven’t changed anything to the salary structure,” Capalbo said. “It was a fair and equitable establishment. But we did shift positions and the corresponding level of salary.”

According to the most updated park district salary information, annual salaries for directors range from $77,500 to $87,790. Managers make just above $50,000. And Capalbo’s base salary as executive director is $115,000.

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