Salem Lakes village administrator headed to new job later this month

Salem Lakes’ village administrator will be leaving for a new job this month.

Village President Diann Tesar said Casey’s last day working for Salem Lakes will be Sept. 28.

Casey was offered a job as city administrator in Forest Lake, Minnesota, according to an article published at

Casey was hired in 2009, the first ever town administrator for the town of Salem. He has a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and leisure studies from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He became the Salem Lakes village administrator with the merger of Salem and Silver Lake in February 2017.

Tesar said the board needs to discuss what happens next and she is not certain what the board’s sentiments are as to hiring another administrator.

“I’m not sure what direction the board is going to go,” Tesar said.

An item to discuss an interim administrator in closed session is on Monday’s Village Board meeting agenda.

Tesar said she believes an interim administrator is needed “so we can be selective to whom we hire next.”

All of Kenosha County’s seven city and villages — Salem Lakes, Twin Lakes, Bristol, Paddock Lake, Somers, Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha — currently have a professional administrator on staff. With a population of about 14,000, Salem Lakes is the second largest village and third largest municipality in population in Kenosha County, behind Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie.


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