Office of the City Manager

Jason C. Wicha City Manager P:847-810-3676

Office of the City Manager

City Hall was built in 1898 and served as the Office of the City Manager, Mayor and City Council as well as the Fire Station, Police Station and Library.  As the population in Lake Forest grew, these departments moved into separate facilities.

Lake Forest government operates under the Council/Manager system. The City Council is the legislative and policy-making body and includes the Mayor and two Aldermen from each of the City's four wards. The Mayor is elected bi-annually for a two-year term. Aldermen are elected to staggered two-year terms, with one Alderman elected from each Ward annually. The City is also fortunate to have more than 125 residents generously contribute their time and expertise each year to serve on the City's various boards, commissions, and committees.

City Manager Jason C. Wicha is a professional administrator who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the City. Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, he carries out the policies set by the elected officials and is responsible for the efficient, economical operation of City services and facilities.  Additional information on the Council/Manager form of government is available through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The mission of the Office of the City Manager is to implement and administer the policies and programs established by the City Council; facilitate the attainment of operational goals and objectives established by individual departments; and foster an organizational attitude that promotes excellence in the delivery of service.

The City's internal and external communication programs are handled through the Office of the City Manager by the Communications Manager, who is responsible for public relations for the City, disseminating timely, accurate information about City programs and services, upcoming meetings, and issues important to the community. The City's quarterly Dialogue newsletter, is mailed to all households in March, June, September and December. The Communications Manager also oversees the City's digital communications channels, including the website, social media, email campaigns, Lake Forest Now Mobile App and more.

Office of the City Manager
220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL, 60045
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm
Phone: (847) 810-3676
Fax: (847) 615-4289

City Manager: 
Jason C. Wicha
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