Maywood’s Planning Officer Leaving For New Job In Glendale Heights; Board Approves Part-Time Police Contract

Karl PalmquistWednesday, April 6, 2016 || By Michael Romain

Karl Palmquist, Maywood’s planning and zoning officer, will be leaving his position with the village next Wednesday in order to take a similar position with the Village of Glendale Heights. We first reported on Palmquist’s resignation last month. At the time, however, no cause was given for his departure.

In a recent interview, Palmquist said he was prompted to take the job because “there was more opportunity to work directly on planning and zoning” and the “commute is a lot easier.”

“I have a lot of good memories here,” Palmquist said of his tenure in Maywood. “It was a wonderful opportunity. I enjoyed serving here, I enjoyed that office and I loved working with David Myers [Maywood’s assistant village manager]. I definitely learned a lot. So, it was rewarding in a lot of ways.”

Palmquist gave no word on when the village would seek his replacement. Currently, Maywood has no HR coordinator — a position that was vacated in January due to termination.

Palmquist, a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was hired in 2014. According to the nonprofit government watchdog group Open the Books, Palmquist’s 2015 salary was $56,894.

Part-time Maywood Police Receive 2% Raise As Part Of New Contract

At an April 5 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved a five-year contract agreement between the village and Teamsters Local Union No. 700, which represents Maywood’s part-time police officers.

The new agreement featured a two percent wage increase enacted for each year from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2019. The retroactive increases will only apply to those officers who were active on the payroll on the ratifying date. The agreement also featured a $50 per year increase in the uniform allowance, raising it to $450.

The new agreement comes after negotiations between the village and the union stalled in November 2014. The village had offered two percent raised, but the union “insisted on 2.75 [percent] and a ‘me too’ clause,” according to a March 30 village memo.

“The ‘me too’ clause” means that, “if any other group of employees received a higher raise, then the part-time police would also receive it.”

The stalemate was settled after a new union representative took over negotiations. VFP

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