Wally Bobkiewicz, whose appointment to a new job in Issaquah, Washington, was confirmed by the City Council there Monday night, will have become the second-longest-serving city manager in Evanston history by the time he leaves for the west coast.

His 10-year-term as city manager here has been exceeded only by the 12 years Edward A. Martin served from 1971 to 1982.

A city website list of city managers who’ve been employed since Evanston’s council-manager form of government was adopted in November 1952 shows four additional managers who were on the job eight years, and one each that served three or four years.

Excluding interim and acting appointments, here’s the list:

  • Bert W. Johnson, 1954-1962, (8 years)
  • Wayne F. Anderson, 1963-1970 (8 years)
  • Edward A. Martin, 1971-1982  (12 years)
  • Joel M. Asprooth, 1983-1990 (8 years)
  • Eric A. Anderson, 1992-1995 (4 years)
  • Roger D. Crum, 1997-2004 (8 years)
  • Julia Carroll, 2006-2008 (3 years)
  • Wally Bobkiewicz, 2010-2019 (10 years)

One factor likely influencing the popularity of eight years as a term of service for city managers here is that eight years was the minimum term of service required to qualify for pension benefits from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for employees hired before Jan 1, 2011.

Evanston’s next city manager, unless he or she is already in the IMRF system, will have to serve 10 years to qualify for a pension.

Related stories

Bobkiewicz gets job in Washington state (8/11/19)

Bobkiewicz front runner for Issaquah job (8/6/19)

Bobkiewicz meets residents of Washington town (7/26/19)

Bobkiewicz finalist for another Washington state job (7/24/19)

Alderman gripes about city manager’s job search (2/7/19)

Bobkiewicz not chosen for Oregon job (1/23/19)

Bobkiewicz seeks job in Oregon (12/29/18)

Tacoma wraps up city manager search (5/16/17)

Bobkiewicz pulls out of Tacoma job hunt (5/13/17)

Bobkiewicz finalist for manager job in Tacoma (5/3/17)

Californian named Evanston city manager (6/9/09)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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