Village Manager

Organization: Village of Brookfield, Illinois
Salary: Compensation for the Village Manager will be highly competitive and will include an excellent benefit package.
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Job Description:

From Village President Kit Ketchmark’s welcoming letter to new residents, “.....the Village of Brookfield, “The World’s Most Visited Village.” Yes, it’s true! Thanks, in part, to the international fame of our most noted landmark, the Brookfield Zoo (which attracts over 2.2 million visitors annually), our Village has received this very special honor.”

Brookfield’s attributes include its convenient location, just 13 miles from the Chicago Loop, with multiple train stops that provide riders with a less than 30 minute travel time to downtown Chicago; thriving local businesses; award-winning schools; excellent restaurants; and welcoming neighborhoods. Brookfield offers the very best of city and suburban living. Brookfield is home to ten superbly maintained park properties along with several recreational facilities hosting Little League baseball and AYSO soccer. Village parks offer a variety of activities including playground equipment, a splash pad, areas for bocce ball and horseshoe, and courts for volleyball, basketball and tennis. Brookfield’s expansive pedestrian and bike paths are among the very best in the area.

Brookfield, incorporated in 1893 and named Brookfield in 1905, is organized as a non-home rule Illinois municipality with authority and power as established under the Illinois Municipal Code. Accordingly, policy- making and legislative authority are vested in a Village President (Chief Executive Officer) and a six-member Board of Trustees. The Board is elected at-large to four-year staggered terms with three Trustees elected every two years. The President and Village Clerk are also elected to four year terms.

The Board is responsible for, among other things, passing ordinances, adopting the annual appropriations ordinance, appointing advisory boards and commissions, and appointing the Village Manager (Chief Administrative Officer). In turn, the Village Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the Board, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Village and for recruiting and selecting staff.

Brookfield provides a full range of services including police and fire protection; maintenance of streets and other infrastructure; operation of a water and sewer enterprise; community and economic development; and recreational activities and community events. In addition, the Village is also financially accountable for a legally separate library district. Brookfield employs 94 FTEs. Most nonexempt Police, Fire and Public Works employees are represented by unions. The total Village budget is approximately $31M of which approximately $18M supports Village operations. The Village supports several Commissions consisting of Brookfield resident volunteers including Beautification, Conservation, Playground & Recreation, Special Events, Planning and Public Safety. Visit for more information about the Village of Brookfield.

Requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration (Masters preferred) and at least 7-years of increasingly responsible local government management experience gained in a community with similar complexity to Brookfield. Desired areas of special expertise include: staff management and development, economic development, interpersonal relations, public relations, process improvement, contract negotiations including labor relations, strategic planning, finance and budget and human resource management.

The successful candidate will be politically astute, have exceptional interpersonal skills and enjoy community involvement. He or she will clearly possess and apply superior management and leadership abilities.

Compensation for the Village Manager will be highly competitive and will include an excellent benefit package. The Village will pay reasonable and customary moving expenses. Village residency is preferred but not required.

Application and Selection Process The position will remain open until filled and will move forward immediately upon receipt of a small pool of well-qualified applicants. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter with current salary immediately to: For additional information about this position, contact Robert E. Slavin, President, Slavin Management Consultants by phone at (770) 449-4656 or by email at


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