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After conducting a nation-wide recruitment search that resulted in receipt of over 50 applications, Skokie Village Manager John Lockerby announced today that he has selected Jason Wicha as Skokie’s new Assistant Village Manager.  Wicha currently serves as the Village Administrator in the Village of Thornton, Illinois, where he has been employed since 2008.


“I am pleased to appoint Mr. Wicha to the Assistant Village Manager’s position,” said Lockerby, who served as Skokie Assistant Village Manager for nine years before being named Village Manager in late 2013.  “His experience in developing and overseeing a municipal budget, working directly with fire and police personnel and other municipal departments make him an excellent fit for the position. I also believe that his collaborative style in planning and accomplishing important initiatives will make him a valued member of the Village’s management team.”  Skokie’s Assistant Village Manager traditionally oversees the Village’s annual budget development for which Skokie has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Excellence from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for 22 consecutive years.


Wicha holds a Master of Public Administration degree, with an emphasis in Urban Policy and Management, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.  As the Village Administrator in Thornton, Wicha has direct involvement with economic and community development projects.  Prior to his position in Thornton, Wicha served as a management intern in the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is a member of both the International and Illinois City/County Management Associations, GFOA, the American Society for Public Administration and is active in regional issues through the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association. 


“The appointment to serve as the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Skokie is a tremendous opportunity for me, both professionally and personally,” said Wicha.  “Skokie is a dynamic, well-managed community with a dedication to best practices in local government administration.  I look forward to being part of Skokie’s management team, and my family and I look forward to making Skokie our home.”   

David Zornig April 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM
My only issue is the cost of the dog & pony show that is a "nationwide search". When they know in advance what they are going to do anyway. Mr. Lockerby was a sensible hire, because he was already employed by & familiar with the Village. But they spent $20K on a consulting firm for that nationwide search for his position, only to hire him in the end anyway. Which they knew they were going to do all along. Why they think it makes them look more thorough or diverse, by wasting money & all the other candidate's time defies logic. It's insulting actually.
John Wagner April 29, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Why does Skokie need an assistant anyways? Skokie needs a new economic development committee!


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