Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy will be doing double duty as of July 19, when he will take on the added role of interim village manager.
He will be taking over the office temporarily because Village Manager Paul Grimes is leaving this month for a new job as city manager for the City of McKinney, Texas. Grimes has been village manager for the past 10 years, making him the longest-serving manager that Orland has ever had.
The Village Board officially accepted Grimes’ resignation on July 5. The July 18 board meeting is the last one Grimes is scheduled to attend.
Mayor Daniel McLaughlin and the six trustees on the Village Board approved McCarthy as interim village manager last week while they undertake the search for a permanent replacement.
“Over the next few weeks, the members of the Village Board and I will interview a number of search firms to help us find Orland Park’s next village manager. We will follow the same process as last time, naming an interim village manager while we conduct a nationwide search,” said McLaughlin in a statement.
“After careful consideration and discussion, the Village Board members and I unanimously agreed that Police Chief Tim McCarthy would be the best choice to serve as interim village manager. We have asked Chief McCarthy and he accepted,” said McLaughlin.
“Tim McCarthy knows the village of Orland Park and how it operates. He holds a deep, passionate commitment to serving the people of Orland Park and has demonstrated this every day during his 22 years as the village’s chief of police,” the mayor continued.
McCarthy, 67, is a native of Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side of the city, He assumed his role with the Orland Park Police Department following a career with the U.S. Secret Service. He gained national attention in 1981, when he suffered a bullet wound in the abdomen while shielding President Ronald Reagan during an assassination attempt by John Hinckley.
“He will be able to perform both roles, as police chief and interim village manager. He understands the operations of the village and has done it before in the early 2000s (during a previous search),” noted Assistant Village Manager Joe La Margo on Tuesday.
“He also has a deputy police chief (Thomas Kenealy) and myself as assistant village manager and the rest of the village staff leaders,” La Margo added.
“We’re going to conduct a national search. Finding a search firm and the right candidate is going to take at least several months,” said La Margo. “It is not going to be an overnight process, but the village is in good hands.”