Yes, that Larry Deetjen -- the former Deerfield Beach city manager who was practically joined at the hip with mayor-turned-felony-suspect Al Capellini. Despite rumors that Deetjen would be swooping back around to take his old job back from Mike Mahaney -- Mayor Peggy Noland doesn't like the way Mahaney parks his car -- Deetjen appears to be doing just fine in his new role as the
mayor village manager of Oak Lawn, Illinois.
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So fine that suburban Chicagoans are having trouble distinguishing him from the mayor. From the Southtown Star:
Hired out of Deerfield Beach, Fla., to become Oak Lawn's village manager in July 2007, it became clear at a village board meeting Tuesday night that Deetjen is now running things - while an impotent Mayor Dave Heilmann protests that he is kept in the dark and implies that secret deals are being made.
From a safe distance of a 1,000 miles or so, Deetjen's very nearly a loveable rogue -- especially when you read how he's managed to turn four of the village trustees against the mayor, rendering the man elected to lead the people a mere figurehead. Deetjen, you rascal!
Anyway, tough break, Oak Lawn. But that's what happens when you don't do your homework on your new village manager.