Cara Pavlicek began her career in municipal government in the city manager’s office in Des Moines, Iowa. She served nine years as city administrator of La Vista, Nebraska, following one year as an assistant. In Chicagoland, her experience began with a position as village manager of Downers Grove. She joined the Village of Oak Park as parking manager in 2008, overseeing a complex system of meters, surface lots, garages and thousands of permits and vehicle stickers. She was named interim village manager in March 2012, then unanimously approved as village manager in January 2013.
Education: Master of Arts in Public Affairs from University of Iowa; Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Washington; Credentialed Manager in International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Notable Professional Activities/Affiliations: Member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA); FEMA-certified in IS-100, IS-200a, IS 300, IS 400, IS-700 and IS-800b; past president of Nebraska City Management Association; former member of the Board of Directors, Nebraska Public Agency Investment Trust; former member and chairman of the Board of Directors, League Association of Risk Management; Former Member of the La Vista Community Foundation Board of Directors; test judge of the U.S. Figure Skating Association since 1984; 1981 and 1982 Member of the U.S. Figure Skating Team; competitive figure skater from 1979 to 1983.