Orland Park Village Board Names Joseph La Margo Interim Village Manager

Orland Park Village Board Names Joseph La Margo Interim Village Manager
Posted on 04/19/2017

At its April 17th meeting, the Orland Park Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Assistant Village Manager Joe La Margo interim village manager, and Karie Friling Director of Development Services as interim assistant village manager.

"Joe and Karie will be a great team running the daily operations of the village until the board hires a permanent village manager," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "They've both done a great job in their respective positions and the village is lucky to have them."

"We were in the process of searching for a permanent village manager and were in advanced talks with a candidate," explained Trustee Jim Dodge. "We are looking forward to resuming the search for a permanent village manager once Mayor-Elect Keith Pekau is sworn in so he can be a part of the process."

Police Chief Tim McCarthy had been serving as interim village manager since the departure of Village Manager Paul Grimes last summer. McCarthy asked to return to his full-time police administration duties.

"Chief McCarthy wants to re-focus on the Police Department and he felt that Joe La Margo was a great candidate for interim village manager," Dodge said. "Joe has been with the village for more than 10 years and worked side by side with Paul Grimes and Tim McCarthy."

"We looked at a number of internal candidates and also considered a candidate brought to us by Mayor-Elect Pekau and chose Joe and Karie to serve in the interim because of their knowledge and hands on experience with the village," he added.

La Margo has served as Orland Park's assistant village manager since 2015 and has served as the village's public information officer since 2012. He joined the village staff when he was named deputy village clerk in 2006. He has worked in government for more than 20 years.

Prior to coming to Orland Park, La Margo served as the chief deputy director for the Illinois Secretary of State Department of Accounting Revenue. With the Secretary of State, he also served as deputy internal auditor and as the budget liaison to the chief of staff.

La Margo's county experience includes serving as deputy director of the county's Department of Tax and Real Estate in the Cook County Clerk's Office and as a budget analyst for the county's Bureau of Finance.

"Chief McCarthy has done a great job as interim village manager with Joe working closely with him. Joe has been a part of the daily operations of the village for the past two years and his stepping in until a permanent village manager is hired works all the way around," said Trustee Kathy Fenton. "Karie has also been with the village for more than 10 years and has also been directly involved with all that's happening in the village and will serve well as interim assistant village manager."

"I am grateful for the board's confidence and I look forward to keeping the daily operations of the village running smoothly as we all do our best to serve the Orland Park community," La Margo said. "Karie and I have worked together for more than 10 years and we both bring decades of government experience to our interim positions and will do our absolute best to serve the people of Orland Park."

La Margo holds a Master of Arts Degree in organizational leadership and public policy from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics from Loyola University. He has also completed a number of national leadership programs through city manager organizations. La Margo and his wife, Melissa, have four children and live in Orland Park.

Prior to joining the village staff in 2006, Friling served as economic development director for the City of Peoria where she also served in several management positions during her 12-year tenure having joined Peoria as a graduate student intern for the city manager's office.

With Orland Park, Friling directs the Development Services Department comprised of 37 employees and a $4 million dollar operating budget. As director, she is responsible for all development related projects including Orland Park's planning, engineering, building, code enforcement, health, transportation and economic development. Friling holds Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in public administration. She and her husband live in Orland Park with their four daughters.

"I too am honored with the board's confidence," Friling said. "Joe and I work well together and we are both passionate about Orland Park. We are raising our families here and know what a great community we have. We look forward to continuing to follow the board's directives and doing our absolute best for all of Orland Park."