McAdam Leaving Park District for Downers Grove

The executive director is the second high-ranking official to resign in as many months.

Bill McAdam, the longtime executive director of the , has resigned and will take the same position at the Downers Grove Park District.

According to an email McAdam sent to staff and Park Board Commissioners Tuesday morning, his last day with the District will be May 4. McAdam began with the district in 2003.

“While I am excited to take on a new challenge, it is difficult to leave a district that has at its core one of the finest most dedicated staff in the industry,” McAdam wrote in his email.

McAdam’s resignation follows closely that of Margaret Gienger, the former superintendent of marketing, who last month accepted a position with the Park District of Highland Park.

“It’s a sad day for the park district, but a great day for Bill and his family,” said Bob Mattingly, Park Board president. “I’m really happy for him. This new job will be 10 minutes from his house and a nice raise financially. Contrary to what some say, this is not the highest paying park district around.”

McAdam, who lives in Lemont with his family, was earning a salary of $127,000 in Oswego. The Downers Grove position could pay McAdam up to $160,000, according to the online job announcement.

According to a news release issued by the park district, McAdam began his career in parks and recreation at age 14 when he worked a concession stand with the Lemont Park District. He received his undergraduate degree in parks and recreation, and master’s in public administration from St. Francis University in Joliet.

With PrairieFest just a couple of months away and the recent resignations of two top officials, Mattingly said he is not worried staff turnover will lead to problems with the planning of the district’s signature event.

“Bill has a great team in place to take over, and I’m sure they will handle things just fine,” he said.

As for finding a replacement, Mattingly said he will discuss a timeline with his fellow board members soon.

Editor's note: McAdam could not be reached for comment in time for publication of this story. Should he contact Patch, his comments will be added to this story. 

Ralph April 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM
"extremely ignorant" - pot...meet kettel. You have obviously never meet Mr. Mattingly. Such a silly comment.
mike ellison April 04, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Ralph- yes, his comment that insinuates that we are losing McAdam because he is underpaid is indeed ignorant. He wants us to ignore that we cannot compete with larger and more wealthier districts, when in fact, McAdams local salary was competitive with other districts with similar demographics. I'm also aware of the very signficant problems at the OPD that have occurred under his watch- not the least of which is the out of control spending. Anyone can run a gov't body is they have no restraint on spending. It takes a real professional to work within the means given to them by the taxpayers. I'm in the mobility industry. It is extremely common for executives, especially those in gov't jobs, to have a residency requirement. Many times, there are relocation benefits involved with such a transfer. We can already see the failure of the OPD to institute such a policy. Both Margaret Geinger and Bill McAdam cited their preference to have a job closer to home.
Clark Grswald April 04, 2012 at 04:04 AM
First, I think Ellison needs to re-read the article. Martingly does not say that McAdam was underpaid. He says that contrary to the belief of some (like Ellison) Oswego is not the highest paying Park District around. True statement. Second, the park district has done an effective job in keeping costs under control. Don't take my word for it, go to the Kendall County website and compare the park district portion of your tax bill from 2002 to 2010. You will see that unlike the other taxing bodies, the park district taxed LESS in 2010 than 2002. The Forest Preserve's rate increased 10 fold over that same time span.
mike ellison April 04, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Clark-- you fall victim to the same old tax scheme that has been fooling people for years, and one that the Oswego Ledger also likes to fool people with. The tax rate sometimes went down during that period because there were more new houses being built and assessed. So despite the rate going down, more taxes were actually levied against those homeowers. They were not saving us any money during those years. It's just that more people were sharing the expenses. My tax bill for the OPD went up by $40 from 2009 to 2010. Now that new construction is pretty much halted, you'll continue to see rising tax bills as a result of rising expenditures.
Dave Ruggles April 04, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Mike - his comment is more likely a rebuttal to the campaign rhetoric directed at him and some other park district board members about having the highest expenditures. He was pointing out that contrary to the criticism during the campaign and afterwards, the salaries paid to our staff were not some of the highest around.


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