Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss says the City Council intends to appoint Deputy City Manager Kelley Gandurski as interim city manager.

The Council is expected to vote on Gandurski’s appointment at its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 13.

Gandurski will begin her role as interim city manager upon the departure of City Manager Erika Storlie on Oct. 8.

“I appreciate Kelley stepping up to lead our organization,” said Biss said in a statement. “Kelley has the experience and leadership skills necessary to guide our City through this period of transition, and I look forward to working with her in the months to come. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Erika for her 16 years of dedicated service to our community.”

Biss says the Council plans a nationwide search for a new city manager and will seek community input on the search process.

Gandurski has served as deputy city manager since April, focusing on the day-to-day management of City operations, long-term projects and community partnerships. She joined the city staff in March 2020 as corporation counsel.

Gandurski previously was the executive director of the City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control, and had served as supervising assistant corporation counsel/senior counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law.

She holds a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s College.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.