Interim Evanston City Manager Rolanda Russell has announced the appointment of Joseph McRae as assistant to the city manager.

McRae comes to Evanston from the Village of Wilmette, where he held the position of assistant to the village manager.

McRae, who starts work in Evanston Oct. 13, will help with professional, budgetary and administrative operations in the city manager’s office. He will help coordinate service delivery requests, undertake special projects and operational functions.

McRae’s duties will include helping to prepare City Council and committee agendas, investigating and resolving complaints and issues raised by citizens, assisting in the development of short and long-range planning, and representing the city manager’s office on various internal committees.

McRae spent over a year and a half working for Wilmette. He served as the village’s public information officer, assisted with departmental budgets, supervised the cable department and historical museum staff, oversaw the village’s green efforts and coordinated the village’s risk management activities as village safety coordinator.

Previously McRae was a management analyst/ICMA Fellow for Catawba County, N.C., from 2005 through 2007.

McRae holds a master’s degree in public administration from Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and public communications from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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