Lansing hires first village administrator

2012-08-21T22:38:00Z Lansing hires first village administratorGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 21, 2012 10:38 pm  • 

LANSING | The Village Board approved hiring J. Wynsma, the former South Holland village administrator, as its first village administrator. Wynsma is returning to the region after moving with his family to Virginia.

The board voted 6-0 to hire Wynsma as the new village administrator. He is expected to run the daily operations of municipal government. Trustees also voted 6-0 in favor of a contract paying him $130,000 for a one-year period beginning Sept. 1.

Wynsma’s first day on the new job will be Monday, village officials said in a prepared statement.

Wynsma had been South Holland village administrator from 2004 until March of last year, when he resigned, saying he wanted to relocate his family to Virginia. He has a master’s degree from the school of government at Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Wynsma said his family immediately felt homesick for the south suburbs, where he had maintained some contact by being the head of the Southeast Metra Commuter Rail Board and commuting for that post. When he learned this summer Lansing officials were considering restructuring their government toward a part-time village president and an administrator, he made his interest known.

Wynsma said he considers a chance to work for Lansing to be an “honor and a privilege,” and also pointed out that his family, with the exception of 20-year-old son, Austin, moved to Lansing two weeks ago. He’s even a longtime member of the congregation at Living Word Church, 2248 186th St.

“We didn’t realize what a strong pull the Midwest had on us until we left,” Wynsma said.

Village President Norm Abbott said he was familiar with Wynsma’s work with South Holland and was pleased to have him working for Lansing.

“I’ve been telling him how the village works and have hoped that by talking to him ahead of time, I wasn’t scaring him off of wanting to accept the job,” Abbott said.

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