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Flossmoor has hired an assistant village manager.  Allison Dietch will be responsible for human resources policy and staff development, risk management and information technology and communications management.

She begins her new job on July 6.


Dietch currently works for the Village of Downers Grove, where she has served as management analyst and performance manager.

Flossmoor Village Manager Bridget Wachtel said Dietch was selected from a pool of approximately 40 candidates following a nationwide search. Eight candidates participated in multiple interviews and four participated in an assessment with the village management team, she said.

Patrick Finn, the previous assistant village manager, retired in 2013. Kimberly Richardson, who served as assistant to the village manager, left Flossmoor for a similar position in Evanston earlier this year. Wachtel said Dietch is not a direct replacement for either Finn or Richardson and that the position has been substantially reorganized.

Wachtel announced the hiring in a press release on Friday. She called Dietch “a great fit” for Flossmoor.

“We are delighted to have Allison join our team,” Wachtel said. “The breadth of Allison’s experience will provide her the foundation to be an asset to our operations. It is clear that she is a team player, a quick study and has several accomplishments in her 10 years of public service.”

In Downers Grove, Dietch worked directly with the village manager and deputy village manager. Wachtel said Dietch has been responsible for a number of high-priority, interdepartmental and interagency projects including an assessment of 911 dispatching services, improving the village’s hiring process, the consolidation of a fire protection district and the implementation of a new downtown parking plan.

Prior to Downers Grove, Dietch worked as the assistant to the fire chief in Naperville, coordinating the department’s human resource functions in a union environment and managing the department’s operating budget and professional services.

Dietch has a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. She also served two years in the Peace Corps as a municipal development volunteer in Guatemala.

Dietch grew up in the South Suburbs and says she is eager to contribute to her hometown area.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to join this team, and I look forward to continuing the work that has made Flossmoor the terrific community it is today,” Dietch said. “The values and principles of public service and community that guide me are deeply rooted in my upbringing in the South Suburbs. I’m thrilled to continue my career in the place that I’ve always called home.”

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