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Muetz is Gurnee’s new village administrator

Updated: February 6, 2012 1:38PM

Patrick Muetz was named the new Gurnee village administrator Monday night by the Village Board. He succeeds Jim Hayner who is retiring Dec. 31 after serving more than 34 years on the job.

Muetz is the current assistant village administrator since May of this year. He has served as assistant to the village administrator since May 2007. Muetz began his Gurnee career in April 2004 when he was hired as a management analyst and public information officer.

Muetz has a well-rounded background in municipal administration. He has a master’s degree in public administration specializing in urban management from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His undergraduate bachelor of science degree in public policy and administration was achieved at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Mayor Kristina Kovarik announced the appointment after the board met in closed session to consider his application for the job.

“I am excited to appoint Patrick to the village administrator position. Patrick’s professional excellence will ensure the village continues the strong services developed during Jim Hayner’s tenure,” Kovarik said.

Board members unanimously ratified Kovarik’s appointment, and agreed to negotiate an employment contract with Muetz.

Kovarik spoke highly of Muetz’s past staff services over the seven years that she has worked directly with him. These include close coordination in working with Jim Hayner, assisting the Finance Department in the development of the annual fiscal budget, managing village communications, working on franchise and various other contract agreements, serving as the village’s representative on the executive board of the county’s Solid Waste Agency, and interfacing with staff department heads and providing liaison with other local municipalities and county officials.

Muetz said: “The village of Gurnee has a strong history of offering high-quality services to its residents and businesses and I fully intend to fulfill this mission. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead our municipal staff as we work with the Village Board to continue this tradition.”

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