Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty says the City Council will appoint an interim city manager and begin the search for a new manager at its next scheduled City Council meeting on Sept. 9.

Hagerty said the resignation of City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, announced today, “is bittersweet.”

“I’m happy that Wally, his wife, Patrice, and their son, Wally IV, will move closer to family; something that has been of interest to them as their son has grown older,” Hagerty said. “Sadly though, our community is losing a strong leader. Wally has worked tirelessly over the last decade to transmit this City better, greater and more beautiful than when he arrived. He will be difficult to replace.”

He added that the change “offers us an opportunity as a community to define what we want in our next city manager.”

Hagerty said the city plans to contract with a firm to do a nationwide search and engage the community in the selection process.

“In the end, the City Council and I will select a new city manager who reflects the values, leadership and character necessary to successfully lead one of the best urban ring cities in America,” the mayor added.

Bobkiewicz’s last day on the job in Evanston is scheduled to be Friday, Sept. 27. He starts his new job as city administrator in Issaquah, Washington, on Monday, Sept. 30.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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