Kelley Gandurski named city attorney

Kelley Gandurski.

Evanston's interim city manager, Erika Storlie, today announced the appointment of Kelley Gandurski as the city's corporation counsel and Nicholas Cummings as deputy city attorney.

Gandurski has served as executive director of the City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control since November 2018 and previously worked in Chicago's Department of Law. 

As corporation counsel and city attorney for Evanston, Gandurski will serve as the city’s chief legal counsel and will oversee the Law Department. She will begin her new position March 2.

“Kelley is a proven leader with extensive experience in both municipal and commercial litigation,” Storlie said in a statement. "Her comprehensive understanding of the law and commitment to public service will make her a tremendous asset to the City of Evanston in this critical position."

At Chicago's Animal Control unit Gandurski managed about 70 employees and oversaw its litigation and budget preparation.

She prevously was supervising assistant corporation counsel for Chicago's Department of Law, where she managed a team of eight attorneys focusing on administrative appeals and branch court prosecutions and provided legal advice to city department heads in areas of litigation and policy concerns. She also served as lead counsel on high-profile litigation matters.

Gandurski began her career at Chicago's Department of Law in 2004, holding assistant corporation counsel positions in the Torts, Municipal Prosecutions, and Building & Land Use Litigation Divisions. She then worked for nearly a decade in private practice, focusing on municipal and commercial litigation.

She holds a juris doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law and a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph’s College. 

Nicholas Cummings, at a Reparations Subcommittee meeting last Friday.

Cummings, who joined the Law Department staff last month, will primarily handle litigation and will serve as the number two official in the department.

He previously served as chief attorney for tort litigation at the Chicago Transit Authority, where he dealt with complex personal injury cases. Prior to his work with the CTA, Cummings served as an assistant state’s attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Civil Actions Bureau.

“Nicholas brings years of valuable experience to the City of Evanston's Law Department,” said Storlie. “He is a strategic thinker, a strong leader, and a tireless public advocate, and has already made a positive impact on the city. I'm pleased to have him as a member of our legal team." 

Cummings holds a juris doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a bachelor's degree from DePaul University.