Homewood Assistant Village Manager Napoleon Haney is moving on but not very far.
Haney started Oct. 1 as village administrator in Olympia Fields, Homewood's neighbor to the south.
Village Manager Jim Marino announced Haney's departure at the Sept. 28 Board of Trustees meeting. He thanked Haney for his four years of service to the village.
"He's done a great job for us. He's worked very well with the residents and all the staff," Marino said. "He's taken a lot of the load off me. I'm really proud of everything he's done. I'm sure you'll do a great job for Olympia Fields."
Mayor Richard Hofeld echoed that sentiment.
"We'll miss you, Napoleon," he said.
Haney said he wouldn't be scarce, though. He plans to remain a Homewood resident and expects to continue attending Hofeld's public office hours in the village hall lobby each Saturday.
Village staff members take turns sitting with Hofeld on Saturday mornings to hear residents' concerns and answer questions, but Haney said his colleagues were surprised when he continued to stop by on Saturdays, even when it wasn't his turn. He credited Hofeld's example as a source of his growth as a leader.
"I know municipal government. I've been doing it all my life," he said on Saturday, Sept. 25. "I get the wisdom right here."
He said the most important thing he learned from his time in Homewood village government was its focus on community.
"A lot of cities don't have that," he said. "A lot of cities are focused on one thing -- economic development, transportation, infrastructure. We are focused on community, which encompasses all that stuff."