.

Council Appoints Ishler to Top Spot in City Government

Troy Ishler, a life-long resident of Oak Forest, has previously served as director of the Public Works department.

Troy Ishler is in as Oak Forest's new city administrator.

Ishler, who has previously served as the Public Works director, was appointed to the vacant position Tuesday night by the in a unanimous vote.

The annual salary for the position is listed at $107,356. The job duties, as outlined in the amended city code, are to "execute, on behalf of the City Council and at the direction of the Mayor, its administrative supervision and control of the affairs of the City in accordance with policy set by the City Council."

These "affairs" include supervising all city departments, helping prepare the annual budget, acting as representative for the city and making recommendations to the mayor.

Ishler also will continue to oversee the Public Works while the day-to-day operations of that department will continue with Richard Rinchich, assistant Public Works director.

Oak Forest has been without a city administrator since April 2011. . His last official day on the job was April 1 of that year.

During budget talks in March 2011, Mayor Hank Kuspa floated the idea of leaving the position vacant for all of the following fiscal year. Oak Forest recently passed a budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Ishler is a life-long resident of Oak Forest. He's been in the Public Works position since 2005.

Third Ward Alderwoman Diane Wolf said shortly before Tuesday's vote that Ishler is "committed to Oak Forest."

"He deserves this position," Wolf said. "He not only lives here but has proven himself."

Ishler volunteers as coach for the Oak Forest Baseball Association and as treasurer for the southwest branch of the American Public Works Association.

Troy's wife is named Karyn and they have three children: Jennifer, Kelly and Jake.

Sign up for Oak Forest Patch's daily newsletter!

Want more city government news?

NANCY GRACE May 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM
THIS HAS TO BE A JOKE!
Nick Swedberg (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM
@Nancy--No, this is real. :-)
Wally May 10, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Nick, Did they really change the ordinance since the qualifications for City Manager were too detailed to allow Mr. Ishler to take on this job? If so how can they take the qualifications and water them down?
Mike Ziak May 10, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Too many people in this town believe that just because you're a lifelong resident or have volunteered alot that you have paid your dues and deserve some sort of job with the city. While its great that people volunteer their time to help with organizations, it should not be a per-requisite to employment with the city. If you're qualified for the job, you should be considered for it. Not because you're a "nice guy". There's the perception in this town, that city hall is nothing but a freinds and family network. This "appointment" does nothing to disprove that.
phxdr May 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
First of all Oak Forest had to raise taxes because they were so broke. They had to raise them 3 years in a row on property. They had to raise the sales tax to one of the highest in the area. But they can afford 107K for a man who would be fired if he was working for a actual city and not one of the worst run suburbs in the area. Troy has some major issues with how he handles the people who pay his paycheck. Yelling, swearing and telling citizens its "none of their business". I am not the only one to bring this up and it does speak volume to how OF runs. Diane Wolf should have her own HBO special because she is funny. "He deserves this job". Really? I think this is a huge problem with the thinking by many OF employees as they feel they are entitled to the job they have. The taxpayers of OF would never be allowed to swear and yell at people at their jobs that pay their paychecks. I think this speaks volume in addition to other things to just how low the bar is here in OF.
Scot May 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
unbelievable!!!! What is Oak Forest thinking?????????
Sue1 May 12, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Just shows you the council isn't in touch with the community
streetwise May 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Congratulations to life long resident Troy Ishler ! I hope with his new promotion that he will still be able to drive his city paid truck (including gas and insurance) anywhere he chooses. Including family members to college, his important golf games with Public Works supervisors along with going to Cubs games. All of course on City time.
RR May 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Nick, could you look into the educational and work background of Troy and get this speculation to stop! If you could publish this information we could all see if Hank is just appointing a friend or someone actually qualified to run the city since his real job is taking him away from the mayors office so much. Why don't we get a full time mayor, someone that can devote their time to running the city not leaving it up to non-elected appointees. By the way has Director Dotson brought any business to this city since his appointment? Another high pay job with no results.
Bobby Budnick May 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM
how are they going to afford this and the buying of the numero uno property for $165,000?

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »