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Maywood Hires New Urban Planner

Maywood Village Planner.jpgThursday, September 15, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

At a Sept. 15 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees welcomed Joshua Koonce, (pictured left), on board as the village’s new urban planner — a position that entails working in numerous areas, including zoning and economic development.

Koonce noted during brief comments at the meeting that he’s been on the job for several weeks. He replaces former urban planner Karl Palmquist, who resigned in April to take a similar position in Glendale Heights.

Before coming to Maywood, Koonce worked as a planner at the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

While at the SSMMA, Koonce worked with the South Suburban Land bank in order to mitigate foreclosure and vacancy problems, provided technical assistance with numerous housing initiatives and worked with 15 suburbs in the Chicago area to plan housing strategies and development opportunities, among other duties, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Koonce acquired his bachelor’s degree from Trinity Christian College and his masters in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. VFP

Above photo credited to South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

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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

Maywood Village Planner Karl Palmquist To Resign, Worsening Maywood’s Talent Drain

Karl PalmquistThursday, March 31, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

Karl Palmquist (pictured), the planning and zoning officer for the Village of Maywood, has announced his resignation, according to multiple sources.

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. According to one source, Palmquist is scheduled to leave next month. No reason has been given yet for why he’s leaving.

This is the village’s second high-profile administrative vacancy this year and it only compounds the village’s general problems with respect to missing personnel.

In January, the village’s longtime HR coordinator, Wilhelmina Dunbar, was terminated. And at least two positions in the finance department, water supervisor and water technician, still need to be filled.

There’s a similar labor shortage in the public works and police department, which have been reeling from a lack of manpower for years. At a March 29 budget meeting, Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley noted that the department currently has 41 patrol officers even though the village ordinance sets a standard of 54 officers.

“When I was doing the history of the department, [I learned that] at one time we had 71 police officers on staff here in Maywood and that’s probably what the community got used to,” Talley said. “We now have 41. [That’s] half of what everybody was used to.”

At one point last year, 13 officers were out of duty because of various issues, including work-related injuries and sickness, according to Talley and Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr. That’s the approximate equivalent of an entire shift, they said.

Attempts to immediately contact Palmquist and Norfleet weren’t successful. VFP

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