Shorewood names acting village administrator
By Clare Walters Correspondent February 13, 2013 8:53AM
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:19PM
A familiar face is once again serving as Shorewood’s acting village administrator.
The village board Tuesday approved the appointment of Public Works Superintendent Roger Barrowman as acting village administrator.
Barrowman replaces the now former interim Village Administrator Art Osten, who had served in that capacity since September.
Osten’s contract was designed to expire in April to coincide with the upcoming election and the end of Mayor Rick Chapman’s current term. Chapman is running unopposed for re-election. If both the village and Osten were willing, a long-term contract would have been considered at that time.
Chapman said Osten resigned effective Jan. 26. The village board also approved a severance agreement and release for Osten.
“He decided to end it,” Chapman said. “We wish Mr. Osten success in any of his future endeavors.”
Osten was earning $105,000 annually plus benefits and use of a municipal vehicle. He replaced former administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh, who was only employed with the village for a six-month stint.
Prior to Fiegenschuh, Kurt Carroll, who now works in New Lenox, had served as administrator for 10 years.
Barrowman, a longtime village employee, has served as acting administrator for brief periods between both sets of administrators.
There was no discussion among the village board members as to how or when they would permanently fill the post.