Algonquin approves contract for interim senior planner

Temporary contract scheduled to end in July

The Algonquin Village Board at its most recent meeting approved a contract with GovTempsUSA to appoint Nathan Parch as a temporary senior planner.

GovTemps USA, among other things, assists with temporary staffing services for local governments across the U.S., according to its website.

Village Manager Tim Schloneger said GovTemps sends the village several résumés, and if officials like what they see, they can interview prospective employees.

Before the stay-at-home order was in place, village officials interviewed Parch in person.

Parch temporarily will be taking the role held by former Senior Planner Ben Mason. Mason left his position in Algonquin after being appointed as the community development director in Carpentersville, Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera said.

“He had a professional growth opportunity, so we had a vacancy for this position, [and] in the interim we wanted to utilize GovTemps,” Kumbera said. “We wanted to bring somebody in there to kind of fill that gap ... [to] come in [and] help us out short term.”

The village still is looking to fill the position with another full-time senior planner, although recruitment is on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kumbera said.

“In the long term, we expect that position to be filled,” he said.

As she read through Parch’s résumé at Tuesday’s meeting, Trustee Janis Jasper it sounded as if the village found a clone of Mason.

“The kinds of things that he does are very much in line with the things that Ben was doing for us,” Jasper said. “So I think it’s going to be a really good fit for the village.”

Parch’s employment with the village is set to end July 17, although the agreement can be extended on a month-to-month basis for up to 12 months, according to village documents.

He will receive $63 an hour, per the terms of the agreement, and work up to 40 hours a week.

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