The City of Evanston announced Friday afternoon that the City Council intends to appoint John Fournier as the next Evanston city manager.
The statement says contract negotiations are currently underway and a decision is expected “in the coming weeks.”
John Fournier is the assistant city administrator of the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
While there he’s been credited with helping to lead projects developing multi-modal transportation infrastructure and programs and alternative energy initiatives.
As interim human resources director for two years, Fournier is also credited with helping to make Ann Arbor an innovative and challenging workplace of choice for talented persons interested in careers in public service.
Previously Fournier worked in the City of Pittsburgh. As the chief of staff to a member of City Council, the deputy chief of staff to current Mayor Bill Peduto, and finally as the director of on-street and metered parking for the City of Pittsburgh.
While there he helped restructure Pittsburgh’s finances, implement technology forward solutions that revolutionized the city’s curb-space management programs and pursued transformational investments in Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods that are said to have brought life back to the city’s main streets.
Following that session one community group, the Community Alliance for Better Government endorsed Poche for the job, saying both candidates were “highly intelligent civic leaders with strong track records” but that they preferred Poche for “his willingness to listen, and to acknowledge a mistake and to rectify it.”
The City Council held two closed-door meetings this week to debate the merits of the two finalists before announcing the decision.