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La Grange Park public works director going to Glen Ellyn

While he’s excited to start his new job as public works director in Glen Ellyn later this month, Julius Hansen said it’s the people he’s met in his 10 years with La Grange Park that he’ll miss the most.

Hansen is leaving his role as public works director of La Grange Park on Nov. 18, a job he’s held since 2002. He recently accepted the position with Glen Ellyn, a village with nearly double La Grange Park’s population.

“I’m leaving for the right reason – so I can help more residents and make a bigger impact,” Hansen said. “I’ll definitely miss the relationships I’ve developed in my nearly 10 years here. Working with La Grange Park residents, staff, elected officials – that’s what I’ll miss the most.”

Hansen said he’s proud of his entire career with La Grange Park, but a few projects stand out in his mind. Highlights include a $6 million storm sewer separation project in 2006, a water main replacement on 31st Street in 2007 and the Beach Avenue project which is wrapping up this year.

“We’ve certainly had some snow storms in the past couple of years – specifically the blizzard of 2011,” Hansen said. “And our annual leaf removal program is really efficient. We’re on a tight schedule to get so much accomplished before winter sets in.

Hansen said he’s looking forward to his new role in Glen Ellyn because of new challenges and opportunities.

“Glen Ellyn has about 86 miles of street versus the 36 miles in La Grange Park,” he said. “Glen Ellyn has about 14,000 parkway trees, where we have about 7,000. It’s just the possibility and opportunity.”

Hansen officially starts with the village of Glen Ellyn on Nov. 29.

bdoyle@tribune.com

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