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Board names sole finalist in search for new Village Manager

Feb. 11, 2022 – The Village Board today named Kevin J. Jackson as the sole finalist to serve as the next Village Manager.

A vote on the appointment likely will occur at the Village Board meeting on Tues., Feb. 22.

If appointed, Jackson would become Oak Park’s first Black Village Manager.

Jackson, who most recently served as Deputy City Manager for Long Beach, Calif., was one of four finalists interviewed to be Oak Park’s top municipal government administrator.

“The candidates for Village Manager were all very capable and any one of them could have done the job, and we are grateful for their participation” said Village President Vicki Scaman. “But in the final analysis Kevin offered the best mix of experience and vision to help my fellow Board members and I lead our community toward a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable future.”

On learning of being named the sole finalist for the Oak Park job, Jackson said he and his family are excited about an opportunity to become part of the unique quality of life that the Village offers.

“It will be an absolute honor to be entrusted with this special leadership responsibility, and I am looking forward to serving with the Village President and Board of Trustees, staff, residents, and intergovernmental partners to preserve and strengthen Oak Park as a community of choice,” he added

Prior to joining the City of Long Beach in 2017, Jackson had spent more than nine years as Neighborhood Services Director for the City of Champaign, Ill.

He holds a Master of Public Administration and undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University. His career in local government spans 25 years.

The Village Manager position oversees all municipal government activities on a day-to-day basis and coordinates the operations of all the departments.

The Village worked with Northbrook-based executive search firm GovHR USA to conduct a national search for its new Village Manager.

Finalist Kevin J. Jackson
Kevin J. Jackson