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Bill Jones, Editor
3:25 pm CDT May 6, 2019

As Orland Park’s new Village Board members prepare to be seated tonight, the agenda shows big changes possible. Among them, Orland Park’s Village manager is calling it quits.

Under the mayor’s report for the Village Board meeting to be held at 7 p.m. May 6 at Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave. in Orland Park, is the “Resignation, Severance and Release Agreement of Village Manager.” And Mayor Keith Pekau confirmed by email May 6 that today is Joe La Margo’s last day. The Village Board intends to appoint an interim Village manager following executive session tonight, he said.

At the Village Board meeting held April 15, a representative from American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Council 31 and several trustee voiced support for La Margo at the meeting, though nothing specifically related to his employment appeared on the agenda. Pekau initially declined to comment on the show of support and La Margo’s employment status, while La Margo simply said he was looking forward to working with the new Village Board members.

Pekau did not immediately return an inquiry seeking information on who is to be appointed interim Village manager, why La Margo is leaving his post or why the item appears under Pekau’s report on the agenda. La Margo said he would provide more information later in the day.

The new Village Board members — William R. Healy, Cynthia Nelson Katsenes and Michael R. Milani — are to take the oath of office at the top of the meeting. A series of appointments are then expected for the Plan Commission; Museum Development & Advisory Board; Zoning Appeals Hearing Officer; Economic Development Advisory Board; Recreation Advisory Board; and Metropolitan Exposition Auditorium and Office Building Authority.

A number of development items are highlighted by a proposed revision to Seritage’s plans for Orland Square’s Sears space redevelopment.

The Village Board also is to vote to repeal a recently approved ordinance regarding Ethics Standards of Conduct, and assign an ad hoc committee to review it.