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Soon-to-be former Elwood village administrator hired in Romeoville

Marian Gibson held role throughout NorthPoint talks

Village Administrator Marian Gibson leads discussion of department reports.
Village Administrator Marian Gibson leads discussion of department reports.

The soon-to-be former Elwood village administrator, who presided over the ultimately scrapped plan to bring the 2,200-acre Compass Business Park to the village, will have a new job in Romeoville.

The village of Romeoville hired Marian Gibson earlier this month as a part-time special projects coordinator, according to a copy of a village document obtained by the Herald-News. Romeoville Mayor John Noak confirmed Gibson’s hiring

Noak said it was a “unique opportunity” to hire Gibson because not only had she previously worked as the village administrator in Romeoville during the early 2000s, but she had a “great deal of professional experience on a wide range of issues.”

“She’s got a great history with us,” Noak said.

He added that since there was a lot of development happening in the village, having an extra pair of hands for the time being would be helpful.

He also confirmed she will be paid $45 an hour with a maximum of 1,000 hours per year. She will not receive benefits for her work because of the village’s part-time employment policy.

Gibson was the Elwood village administrator until she announced her resignation earlier this month. Her resignation is effective July 27. She oversaw the planning for NorthPoint’s industrial business park, which upset several Elwood, Manhattan and Jackson Township residents out of fear of increased truck traffic and potential harm to the environment.

Doug Jenco, the village president, ended discussions with NorthPoint in April by canceling a public hearing after he determined there was not enough support among the village board of trustees.

“She’s got decades of work,” Noak said. “One project does not define decades of work.”

The document also states Gibson will start work in Romeoville on July 30. She will be provided a desktop/laptop computer and either a cellphone or a $20 monthly stipend to use her own, although Noak couldn’t confirm those details. Romeoville Village Administrator Steve Gulden did not respond to a request for comment.

Noak added that no additional revenues were needed to hire Gibson because the village has money routinely set aside for consultants and part-time hires.

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