Lake Forest Hires New Deputy City Manager – Chicago Tribune

Lake Forest will have a new Deputy City Manager with the hiring of local government veteran A. George Issakoo.

Issakoo’s duties will include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City Manager’s office, including communications, and the City Clerk’s office. He will also work as a staff liaison for a series of city council subcommittees, as well as city boards and commissions, according to a city statement.

“I am thrilled to continue my career at the City of Lake Forest,” he said in the statement. “I am delighted to work for an organization with such a history of professional management and to work alongside talented staff to serve the Lake Forest community.”

Scheduled to start his new role in late October, Issakoo will earn an annual salary of $140,000, according to the city’s director of human resources, Amber Campbell.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and then a master’s degree, Issakoo served as an administrative intern at Glenview, then assistant county administrator for the Lake County government, before being appointed assistant director of public works. in Skokie.

This means Issakoo will reunite with Lake Forest City Manager Jason Wicha, as the two were working in Skokie at the same time.

“Although our overlap was brief and he did not stand out to me, I had the opportunity to observe the positive impact he had on the organization and the high regard in which he was held. by village staff,” Wicha wrote in an email. “George’s experience in improving processes, managing large projects and fostering collaboration between organizations makes him the ideal candidate for the position of Deputy City Manager of Lake Forest.”

Since May 2019, Issakoo has been the assistant director of the village of Brookfield, according to his LinkedIn page.

He replaces Mike Strong, who was recently appointed administrator of the village of Lake Villa.

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