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Lake Forest, IL - City Manager

Lake Forest, IL (pop. 19,375).  Beautiful, historic, family oriented community seeks candidates for its next City Manager.  Located 30 miles north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan, Lake Forest is a AAA rated community known for its stunning landscape, excellent schools, and commitment to open space.  Lake Forest is home to more than 1200 businesses, from small boutique shops in its thriving downtown Market Square to corporations in Conway Park, including Abbott, Pfizer , Reynolds Consumer Products, the Chicago Bears, Trustmark, and many others. 

  • The City Manager is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.  The current City Manager is retiring after serving as City Manager for 28 years. The City Council is the legislative and policymaking body of The City of Lake Forest. It includes the Mayor and eight Aldermen, two from each of the City's four wards.  The Mayor is elected bi-annually for a two-year term.  Aldermen are elected to staggered two-year terms, with one Alderman elected from each Ward annually.
  • The City has an $82 million total budget, which includes a $35 million general fund budget.  Lake Forest is a full-service city, including police, fire, public works, water production plant, community development, finance, human resources, parks and recreation, senior center, youth center, cemetery and golf course.  The City has 204 full-time employees, and a strong commitment to fiscal stewardship.  Over the last several years the City has dropped its full-time employee count by nearly 50 employees, looking at alternative methods for service delivery while maintaining its reputation for commitment to excellence in customer service.
  • The City is home to Lake Forest College, a highly regarded private liberal arts college with 1500 students, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, a world-class medical institution.  The City is also home to two symphonies, a thriving theater life and Forest Park, the City’s beautiful lakefront beach.  The City’s commitment to open space is evident with more than 800 acres of free and open space to explore and more than 29 miles of trails for biking, hiking and walking.

Candidates for the Lake Forest City Manager position must be experienced local government leaders with a commitment to excellence in customer service, fiscal discipline, integrity and transparency in local government.  In addition, candidates must have a management and leadership style that reflects collaboration, teambuilding and a calm, professional demeanor.   Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration or related field.  A master’s degree in public administration, business administration or other field is highly valued.  Residency in the City of Lake Forest is not required, but is desirable.  Starting salary range is $200,000 - $225,000+/- DOQ plus eligibility for an annual performance bonus.  Interested candidates should apply by October 1, 2018, with a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references to Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA.  Apply online at 

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Posted:Aug 23, 2018

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