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Village administrator leaving Crete

Tom Durkin

Tom Durkin

by Dennis Sullivan
June 18, 2014

Village Administrator Tom Durkin confirmed this afternoon he is leaving Crete to take a similar position in Channahon, a village that straddles Will and Grundy counties south of Joliet.

Durkin, who notched his 10th year with Crete in December, said the July change was a career-advancement decision.

Channahon, with a population of approximately 12,600, is a little larger than Crete with “different circumstances and similar challenges,” he said.

Don Seehausen broke the news on his Facebook page early this afternoon.

Durkin praised Mayor Mike Einhorn’s dedication and commitment to the village, saying, “He does a fantastic job,” adding that the thing he’ll miss the most “is the people.”

Stressing that he was part of “a team of committed individuals,” Durkin responded to a question about the three top accomplishments during his tenure in Crete.

  • Upgrades to the downtown,
  • Attracting of regional retailers, saying the Crete Marketplace development is setting the foundation for the village to be a retailing center for southeast Cook and northeast Will counties and
  • Helping the village become more open and supportive of “partnering” with development. “Mayor Einhorn really wanted us, as staff, to focus on helping the village become a community you can do business with. Crete has promoted itself quite nicely.”

Durkin stressed the decision to leave Crete was “strictly a personal decision and a difficult decision.”

Original material copyright 2014 Eastern Will County News; all rights reserved.

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