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Palatine Park District Hires New Leader

Palatine Park District Executive Director Ron Gbur will retire in March.

The will have a new leader starting in February.

Michael Clark has been hired as the district's new executive director. Clark will replace Ron Gbur who is retiring in March.

"He is a highly-qualified individual with many years of experience," said Park District Board member Sue Gould. "We're confident that he will do an excellent job as our newest executive director."

Clark had been the executive director of the Batavia Park District since 2000. Clark will have a three-year contract that will pay him $141,000 a year – the same salary as Gbur.

Gbur has worked for the park district since 1981 and has been its executive director since 2002. Clark will begin Feb. 1. Gbur will remain with the park district through March and assist in the transition.

"We're going to miss him," Gould said. "He has a lot of history with the park district. And he knows a lot of the background on issues."

Park District Board President Jay Cozza said there were 20 candidates who applied for the job.

"I think he knows he's got time to develop his own agenda," Cozza said.

The Batavia Park District website states that Clark has a bachelor's in park and recreation administration from Illinois State University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Scott January 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It seems odd to me that we replace an executive director with 30 years of experience *in Palatine* with a new director at the same salary. I would thought that Ron Gbur's Palatine experience would have counted for a lot and that the new man would have to work up to the $141,000 salary.
Jim January 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Nothing against Mr Clark, but 141k for overseeing a park district? Seems a bit much.
Palatine Resident January 11, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Congratulations to Ron Gbur on his retirement. He has been a good Park District employee for over 30 years. He has done so much to keep our Park District a source of pride for the area it serves. We wish him all the best.

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