Evanston city officials announced Wednesday that the City Council has narrowed the third round of its city manager search to a single candidate, Urbana City Administrator Carol Mitten.

Mitten has been Urbana’s administrator for four years. Before that she was deputy county manager in Arlington County, Virginia, where she oversaw economic development and public works, including transportation and sustainability.

She has also served as the executive director for urban affairs and headquarters consolidation in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

After attending the U.S. Naval Academy, Mitten received her a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of business administration degree from Ohio State University.

Urbana, population 42,461, shares the campus of University of lllinois with its larger twin city, Champaign.

It has a mayor-council form of government, which means the city administrator has less power than the the city manager does in Evanston.

As part of the final decision process, a candidate town hall will be held in the Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Mayor Daniel Biss will moderate the session and will pose questions submitted in advance or shared live at the event.

Questions can be submitted online  by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. 

Meeting information

Community members can attend the meeting in person, join via Zoom, or watch live on City Channel 16 and the City’s YouTube channel

Join via Zoom
Join via Phone: 312-626-6799
Webinar ID: 816 4997 6797
Passcode: 450124

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Ok, now everyone behave, be respectful and resist the temptation to make headlines. And don’t yell at her in the hallways either. Sad this has to be said.

  2. Somebody starts loudly expressing a rando problem with this selection in 3, 2, 1 …

  3. Stop and ask yourself one very important question Carol—-do you really want this?

  4. If there is only 1 candidate, how can they be a finalist? More than one candidate constitutes a search and finalist. What has changed since the last quest for a Manager, anything? I don’t think so. There needs to be some rules of etiquette for all to follow in order to assure fair play and help make the relationships of all able to get along and do actual business. All these false starts is very trying to the population…the process is such a joke.

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