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SSMMA bids Hazel Crest Village Manager Donna Gayden fond farewell

November 21, 2017 – 12:10 pm | 129 views

Please join SSMMA as we bid a fond farewell to Hazel Crest Village Manager Donna Gayden.

Fairburn Mayor Mario Avery has named her as the municipality’s new city administrator, beginning Dec. 4. Fairburn is a city located about 20 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA, and has a population of nearly 13,000.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve Hazel Crest and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association over the years,” Donna said.

“We hate to see Donna go, but wish her all the best in her new role and new hometown in Georgia,” said SSMMA President and Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry, Jr.

Ms. Gayden has been an active member of SSMMA’s Executive and Management & Finance Committees. In addition, she has served as Hazel Crest’s village manager since 2015. Previously she was Glenwood’s village administrator, as well as CEDA’s controller where she oversaw the annual budget of $200 million, managing payroll and finances for more than 40 CEDA administers’ programs.

Donna also serves on the Governing Board for Advocate South Suburban Hospital as a commissioner representing Cook County on the Mid-Mark Water Commission, as board member for TCA Health Clinic, National Forum for Black Public Administers and on various other committees.

Ms. Gayden holds a Master of Science in Tax Law from John Marshall Law School and a Master of Science in Accounting from Governors State University. She has also earned a certificate for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in Investigation and Prevention of Commercial Fraud from Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies and a certificate in Leadership and Organizational Development from Governor’s State University.

Ms. Gayden began her accounting career as a Senior Accountant with Robison Retail Store a division of the May Co. Later she worked with the minority CPA firm of Simpson & Simpson in Los Angeles, where she performed audits on the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Sales and Tax Division. She has also traveled abroad performing international accounting as a consultant.


Formerly vacant Flossmoor property renovated into medical offices

November 20, 2017 – 10:07 am | 16 views
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A renovated medical offices building is expected to open on Governors Highway in Flossmoor within the next few months.
Healthcare Providers Group LLC, located in Chicago, is converting the building, at 19831 Governors Highway, into a …

Tinley may gauge interest in mental health center property, despite asbestos, abandoned sewage plant

November 20, 2017 – 9:37 am | 15 views
Tinley may gauge interest in mental health center property, despite asbestos, abandoned sewage plant

Are there any companies interested in tackling the redevelopment of all or part of the environmentally challenged former Tinley Park Mental Health Center?
Tinley Park trustees, while not in complete agreement, appear to favor moving ahead …

Orland Park could see more than $460,000 from video gambling, study says

November 20, 2017 – 9:33 am | 12 views
Orland Park could see more than $460,000 from video gambling, study says

A recently completed study on the economic impact of allowing video gambling in Orland Park estimates the village could realize more than $460,000 in annual tax revenue.
Separately, a recent poll conducted by the village shows …

ComEd grant accelerates street light replacement in Homewood

November 20, 2017 – 9:21 am | 11 views
ComEd grant accelerates street light replacement in Homewood

The last of the LED lights in Homewood are expected to be installed by the end of the year thanks to a grant from Commonwealth Edison that provided funds to purchase new bulbs.
The village board, …

Chicago Southland counts railroads among its attractions

November 16, 2017 – 11:21 am | 14 views
Park Forest Rail Fan Park

The 62 municipalities of Chicago Southland are bursting with trains and railroad-related attractions.
“Historic Pullman District National Monument gives an opportunity to explore and discover the history of the Pullman Car Company and the American labor …

Will County seeks more details on solar farm in Crete Township

November 16, 2017 – 10:29 am | 12 views
Will County seeks more details on solar farm in Crete Township

Faced with the first of many requests for a solar farm, Will County officials said they are warm to the idea, but want to make sure they “get it right” the first time.
Several issues were …

Cook County Board to examine high disparity in water rates

November 16, 2017 – 9:00 am | 9 views
Cook County Board to examine high disparity in water rates

Alarmed by the wide disparity of water rates in the Chicago area and excessive water loss, the Cook County Board voted Wednesday to hold a hearing that will examine the issue.
Commissioner Richard Boykin proposed the …

Warehouses considered for outlet mall site in Country Club Hills

November 15, 2017 – 9:06 am | 23 views
Warehouses considered for outlet mall site in Country Club Hills

With plans for a new large outlet mall in Country Club Hills no longer a reality, the owners of the 100-acre site are looking at developing it for warehouse-distribution uses, a representative for the property …