Plainfield reappoints and retains officials

Familiar and new faces will now roam the halls of the Village of Plainfield.

Following an executive session, the Plainfield Village Board Monday approved an employment contract with Brian Murphy to continue on as village administrator. He was hired as village administrator in 2009 and prior to his hiring in Plainfield he was the assistant City Manager/Economic Development Services for the City of Troy in Michigan from 2004 to 2009. Murphy's total compensation package for fiscal year 2017 was more than $182,000.

The employment agreement states that the village will retain Murphy’s services until the last day of the term of service of Mayor Michael Collins or the Village of Plainfield terminates his services. Collins was reelected as mayor, a four-year term, last month.

Besides retaining Murphy, the board also reappointed John Konopek as police chief; Jim Harvey as village attorney; Michelle Gibas as village clerk; and Karen Ivlow as village treasurer. Their terms also expire with the term of village president in April 2021.

Oaths of offices were also administered to new village trustees Larry Newton and Cally Larson and incumbent Margie Bonuchi. Those three, along with incumbent Garrett Peck, ran for three four-year seats on the Plainfield Village Board in April. Peck lost his re-election bid in the municipal election.