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City Manager

Mission StatementThe City of Elmhurst is committed to provide responsive and superior governmental services in an environment of respect in order to protect and enhance the quality of life of those who live, work, visit, and conduct business in our community.


We are committed to:
  • Providing prompt and courteous service
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with our community
  • Listening and looking to the needs of our community for direction

We are committed to:
  • Being fiscally responsible
  • Continually improving service to our community
  • Representing the City in a professional manner
  • Acting with integrity
  • Keeping our services proactive
  • Providing accurate and consistent service
  • Creatively planning for our community's future
Environment of Respect

  • Treating all people with fairness, honesty and compassion
  • Listening with patience
  • Respecting the different needs of all members of our community
  • Being loyal to ourselves, the City and our community
ResponsibilitiesThe City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is, by ordinance, designated as the administrative head of the government of the City of Elmhurst. The Manager serves as the agent of the City Council in carrying out policies and decisions of the Council, and is responsible for the administration of all departments of the city. Among others, the Manager is specifically charged with the following duties and powers:

  1. To enforce the laws and ordinances of the city.
  2. To appoint and remove, with certain restrictions, all directors of departments.
  3. To attend all meetings of the City Council with the right to take part in the discussion but with no right to vote.
  4. To recommend to the Council for adoption such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient.
  5. To prepare and submit to the corporate authorities such information as may be necessary to assist the Mayor and the Council in adopting an annual budget.
  6. To require all officers and department heads to submit necessary information for the purpose of preparing budget estimates.
  7. To appoint, to remove and to fix the compensation of all appointed officers and employees not otherwise provided for.
  8. To prescribe rules and regulations for the conduct of the various departments of the city and divisions thereunder.
  9. To perform such duties as may be prescribed by state statute, municipal code, ordinance or resolution of the Council.
The City Manager is supported by the secretarial staff and administrative intern(s). In addition to the general management and administration responsibilities of the various city departments, the staff in the City Manager's office is charged with a wide variety of duties. Among these duties are community and intergovernmental relations, economic development, central business district revitalization, coordination of special projects and personnel contract negotiations. In addition, it provides staff support to various boards, commissions and committees, and shares in City Council agenda preparation with the City Clerk.
Municipal GovernmentThe municipal government in Elmhurst is a multi-service organization, providing a variety of services designed to meet the public needs. The City Manager interacts with the head of each department to formulate and direct operational procedures.

City administrators are readily available to the public and welcome the opportunity to meet with Elmhurst residents. The goal of the City management is to provide the best possible services to the public.

Strategic Plan

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