The Village of Osceola is in the process of solidifying employment terms with a new village administrator.

After interviews with four candidates last Saturday, the village board unanimously chose to offer the position to Benjamin Krumenauer, currently of the Fox River Valley area.

Krumenauer accepted the position and by noon Monday the village was finalizing an employment agreement, according to Interim Village Administrator Frank Pascarella. Once the agreement is completed and reviewed the board will formally appoint him to the position, either in a special meeting or at its regular meeting, July 9.

“The board is happy with the selection,” Pascarella said. “They thought all the candidates did well throughout the selection process.”

Krumenauer stood out for his experience in economic development and strategic planning, according to Pascarella. 

“We liked his experience, his background with strategic planning and working in an administrative role,” added Trustee Deb Rose. “On top of that he has a great demeanor: thoughtful, a fun personality and I think he’ll be a great relationship builder.

“At one point we asked him what he envisioned his first 30 days,” Rose continued. “He said, boots on the ground getting to know people at the library and local businesses, going for ride alongs with department heads. Just wanting to learn as much as he can. 

“He has a cool, progressive thought process and ideas that I think will help bridge that gap between people who have lived here a long time and be able to bring in newer residents too.”

Said Village President Jeromy Buberl, “We had multiple good candidates, but I think he’s going to be a really good fit for Osceola.”

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