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Village Administrator Jeff O'Dell announced on February 25 his intention to retire the first week in May 2021 after 21 years at the Village of Roselle. First hired as Assistant Village Administrator in Roselle in June 2000, O'Dell transitioned into the Village Administrator role in June 2006.
With his tenure as Village Administrator bookended by the Great Recession of 2008-09 and the COVID-19 pandemic, O'Dell led the organization through some uniquely challenging times. "Both the recession and the pandemic required all of us at the Village to roll up our sleeves and figure out how best serve the community in new and different ways," said O'Dell.
"During the recession, we turned a $1 million budget deficit into a sustainable financial model by developing a structurally balanced plan that eliminated deficit spending and ensured the ability to provide cost effective services to the community." O'Dell said. "It was this sustainable model that allowed the organization to weather the next big crisis, which came to us last spring when the COVID-19 pandemic began. The organization was able to quickly adapt by formulating a COVID-19 Pandemic Budget Response Plan that allowed us to continue to provide core services to our residents while preparing for a prolonged recovery process. I am so proud of all the work that the Village Board and our staff put into these initiatives to make the organization successful."
According to O'Dell, the ability to work collaboratively with the Village Board, with extremely strong management teams, and with talented staff over the past 21 years to serve a community that he considers to be a second home has been extremely gratifying for him. "My range of duties on any given day could see me working through an issue with a senior citizen over the phone, working on a collaborative project with other taxing bodies in our community, or overseeing an organization with a $40 million budget, and I enjoyed being able to be in all those roles as a public servant." O'Dell said.
O'Dell earned his bachelor's degree from Elmhurst Universty and his master's degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University. Prior to working in Roselle, O'Dell worked as an intern and as a management analyst at the Village of Morton Grove for six years.
Mayor Maglio and Trustees were notified of O'Dell's intent to retire this spring following the February 22 Village Board meeting. The Village Board has begun discussions on succession plans for the Village Administrator's office, which will be shared with Village staff and the community as soon as they are developed.