Luke Stowe at the launch of Evanston's 311 text service in 2014.

The Evanston City Council plans Monday to name Luke Stowe, currently interim deputy city manager, as the next interim city manager.

The decision to have Stowe fill the position was announced in a news release from the city Friday.

Stowe’s appointment comes as the current interim city manager, Kelley Gandurski, plans to leave to join a private law firm following Monday’s Council meeting.

“Luke has deep knowledge of our City government as well as the broader community,” said Mayor Daniel Biss. “I am enormously appreciative of his willingness to step into this critical role at this pivotal moment, and I am confident that he will do a wonderful job.”

Stowe has been interim deputy city manager since February, overseeing a half dozen city departments and divisions.

He has worked for the City since June 2012 and has held many positions, including digital services manager, chief information officer and director of administrative services. Stowe also served in critical roles for the emergency operations center during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also was involved in the launch of the city’s 311 text service in 2014.

He previously held management and technology positions in the Champaign and Lake County governments and in the private sector.

The City Council is continuing to search for a person to fill the city manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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