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Oswego to Hire New Village Administrator

Sep 28, 2015 03:07PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Daniel Di Santo has been selected as the next Oswego Village Administrator.

After a search lasting several months, the village of Oswego is set to hire a new village administrator. 

The village announced late last week that Daniel Di Santo has been selected by the village to take over the spot vacated by Steve Jones who left the village in April. Former village administrator Carrie Hansen has filled the role on an interim basis since then. 

Di Santo served as the assistant village manager in Bensenville for the past four years and worked for the city of Naperville on legislative and development issues from 2004-2011.

"I am confident Mr. Di Santo will come into this role with the ease of a veteran while bringing fresh ideas and unmatched enthusiasm to the position,” said Village President Gail Johnson. “... He received unanimous support from our initial interview team, our management staff, and the board. I'm certain he will win the hearts of our residents, as well."

Di Santo comes to the village after overseeing an $800,000 comprehensive economic development strategy process, assisting in the construction of a new police facility, managing and implementing a village strategic plan, and supervising the budget and capital investment plan process. 

It's that experience on the development front that led to Di Santo securing the position Johnson said. 

"All of our final candidates had development backgrounds," she said. "That's something we were absolutely looking for. We need that CEO to be able to come in and help us broker those good deals in our future development.

Di Santo was chosen from an initial field of 48 candidates. Of those 48, 10 were brought in for interviews. From there, two finalists were chosen and then the final candidate, Johnson said. 

Di Santo is expected to be appointed at the Oct. 6 Village Board meeting with his first day on the job set for Oct. 13. He has a bachelor of arts in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois, Champaign and a Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. 

Di Santo's base salary will be $160,000, which includes 4 weeks of paid vacation time. 


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