The Bourbonnais Township Park District hired Dr. Ed Piatt as interim general manager and Rob Romo as interim treasurer at a special meeting Wednesday at Exploration Station.
The board voted 4-0 to hire Piatt to oversee the district until a new executive director could be hired. BTPD is currently accepting applications for the position of Managing Director to replace Hollice Clark, who was relieved of her day-to-day duties in January.
Clark’s contract was through the end of April, so the district has been without an executive director for two and a half months. The board voted in September 2021 not to renew Clark’s contract. He had held this position since 2007.
The board hired Romo by a vote of 3-1. Bradley Village Chief Financial Officer Romo replaces Dan Borschnack, who resigned on January 11. Board members Dave Zinanni, Bill Bukowski and Anthony Settle voted to hire Romo, while chairman Brian Hebert voted against.
Piatt is a retired manager from the State of Illinois with 32 years of management experience. He is an assistant professor of business at Olivet Nazarene University. Piatt, a longtime resident of Kankakee, is also an organizational and economic development consultant.
Piatt said the board contacted him about the acting position “because of the work I’ve done with Olivet and writing [an opinion column] for the Daily Journal and with my leadership and management experience.
Terms of the arrangement, including salary, are still in the works, he said.
“We’re still finishing that, and I can’t comment on that until Monday,” Piatt said. “We are still negotiating and finishing everything.”
Romo has served as Bradley’s chief financial officer and treasurer since February 2019. Romo said he was approached by a BTPD board member to gauge his interest in the position.
“I want to help put this organization in the right direction,” he said. “This is a monitoring position, not a day-to-day position.”
Romo will assist with strategic planning and focus on district operations. He said it wouldn’t be a long-term arrangement and thought it might be for a year.
Piatt and Romo will be featured at the Board of Commissioners meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Exploration Station.
Daily Journal senior reporter Lee Provost contributed to this story.