Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named Deputy City Manager Joe McRae director of parks, recreation and community services effective today.

McRae will also continue to serve as deputy city manager in his new assignment.  McRae became interim parks director in September. 

“During his assignment as interim director, McRae led an overall evaluation of the department, working with the department’s management team to develop better ways to deliver services to Evanston’s residents.  I was so impressed with his leadership these past few months, and the eagerness of the department staff to work with him, that I asked him to continue in this role on a permanent basis,” Bobkiewicz said.

“McRae brings a fresh approach to the position that will help the city further its vision as being the most livable city in America. I thank him for also being willing to keep some of his citywide responsibilities while continuing as deputy city manager,” Bobkiewicz added.

McRae has served as deputy city manager since 2012. He began his work in Evanston as assistant to the city manager in 2008.

McRae served in a similar capacity in Wilmette from 2007 to 2008 upon completing his term as an ICMA local government management fellow in Catawba County, N.C.

McRae has a bachelor’s degree in political science and public communications from Ashland University in Ohio and a master’s degree in public administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. A deer in the head lights? New Rec Dept Director

    Joe looks like a deer caught in the head lights with a semi truck coming at him.  The recreation department appears to have some major issues.  Recent events at the ecology center, and how they will be resolved, we will see how the city does its reorganization of the department, as mentioned at the council.

    Given the Ecology center is one of the most sucessful operation that is it almost pays for its cost versus many of the other centers running in the red, one has to wonder why the issues?

    On the capital tour, the under funding for the green house, and the fact they need $100,000 in capital for programing for Chandler Center, appear to raise interesting questions as to the operations.

    With the previous director gone, lets see what Wally and friends are about to do to recreation in Evanston.( Another Harley Clarke, Branch library, Golf Course issue about to come?)

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