BREAKING: Maywood Village Manager William Barlow Retiring
In a press release issued this morning, Maywood Village Manager William Barlow announced that he was “retiring from city management effective January 31, 2014.” Barlow wrote in a letter informing the Village Board and Mayor Perkins about the decision:
“I am informing you that I have made a difficult decision to retire as the Village Manager. I have recently served my second anniversary with the Village. In accordance with professional standards of the International City Management Association, managers are supposed to be committed to work in a community for a minimum of two years. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to achieve this landmark. I plan to leave public service. At this stage, following 35 years in city management, I find that I am not up to the physical and mental demands of the job. I have been experiencing stress related health issues. The Village deserves a vital Village Manager to deal with the myriad of issues facing the community. The death of Tony Thomas on the job has caused me to evaluate my commitment and priorities. I am grateful for the hard work of most of the employees it has been my honor to serve with. As always, I appreciate the opportunity to serve.”
Mr. Barlow began his tenure as Village Manger in September 2011. He’s also served as Village Manager in Pingree Grove, Illinois; Waunakee, Wisconsin; Winfield, Illinois; Xenia, Ohio; Rolling Meadows, Illinois; Sidney, Ohio; Wixom, Michigan; and Brighton, Michigan. He was Director of Public Works for the Village of Schaumburg and assistant Village Manager of Downers Grove, Illinois.
The Village Board will discuss Mr. Barlow’s retirement and the recruitment of an interim Village Manager in the coming weeks. VFP