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City department head leaves for manager’s post

Lehman Walker, the head of Evanston’s Community and Economic Development Department, is quitting to become city manager of University City, Mo. 

That’s the town where Walker had worked as community development director for twelve years before coming to Evanston last year.

Lehman Walker, the head of Evanston’s Community and Economic Development Department, is quitting to become city manager of University City, Mo. 

That’s the town where Walker had worked as community development director for twelve years before coming to Evanston last year.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said Walker had been repeatedly asked by University City officials and community leaders to consider returning.

Bobkiewicz said Walker "in his short time in Evanston, has made a positive impact in our community," in establishing a new economic development agenda and leading the implementation of the $18 million federal NSP2 grant designed to respond to the city’s foreclosure crisis.

Bobkiewicz says he’s asked Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons to become Interim Community and Economic Development Director while the city conducts a national search to fill the position.

Walker starts his new job Aug. 2.

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