The city will host two virtual public meetings to solicit community input on the search for a new Evanston city manager.

The city manager is the city’s chief administrative officer and reports to the mayor and City Council. The manager is responsible for the city’s day-to-day operations, including appointment and supervision of all city staff; recommendation of policies, procedures and ordinances, and the development of the city’s budget.

The city has contracted with GovHR USA to facilitate the search process and is looking fro comments regarding the characteristics the new manager should possess as well as the opportunities and challenges he or she may face.

The meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 7.

 For security purposes, community members are required to register in advance of these meetings at

Spanish and sign language interpretations will be available at the July 7 meeting. Questions can be submitted before the meetings at

Community members may also submit their input and feedback through a confidential survey available in English or Spanish by Friday, July 10, 2020. Surveys are available at

GOVHR will incorporate feedback received through these surveys and public meetings to assist with candidate recruitment during its nationwide search.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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