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Algonquin Community Development Director Steps Down

Community Development Director Russ Farnum has announced his appointment as City Administrator in Monticello, Iowa and will be leaving the Village at the end of February. Farnum has been Community Development Director since 2008 after previously serving the communities of DeKalb and Galena.

In Algonquin, Farnum navigated several stalled developments due to the Great Recession to completion, including the Riverside Plaza, Glenloch, Grand Reserve, and Creeks Crossing developments. Additionally, Farnum oversaw the entitlement process for several new developments including Aldi, Algonquin Square Apartments, CarMax, Clarendale of Algonquin, Deli 4 You, Hobby Lobby, OrthoIllinois, Spectrum Senior Living, Thornton’s, and the Trails of Woods Creek.

New construction development and business retention and attraction efforts have helped Algonquin increase its overall assessed valuation and lower its property tax rates for residents and businesses.

Also, during his tenure, the Village has made many customer service improvements for permitting and inspection services, including online permit applications, online inspection scheduling, remote virtual inspections, and self-inspections.

“Russ has been a tireless advocate for Algonquin and our business community” stated Acting Village President Debby Sosine. “We’re grateful for his many contributions to our organization and community. This is a wonderful opportunity for him to return to his home state and we wish him well in Monticello.”

Farnum also led several long-term planning efforts including the Downtown Planning Study, the Fox River Corridor Plan, and the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan. In addition to his planning and development accomplishments, Farnum was very active with the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce, most recently serving on their Board of Directors.

“Algonquin has a history of planning for the best quality development in the Fox Valley,” said Farnum. “I believe our accomplishments in planning and development serve as a model, and will benefit the Village for decades to come. I have been supported by a great staff and Village Board in Algonquin who will continue to move the community forward.”

The Village has appointed Mike Darrow as Interim Community Development Director. Darrow has a strong background in planning, economic development, and municipal administration. Information regarding the recruitment for the Algonquin’s next Community Development Director is available online at