Trustees Name New Village Manager

Trustees Name New Village Manager

The top professional post for the Village of Northbrook will be filled by a veteran of local government management in the western suburbs. Cara Pavlicek, most recently the Village Manager for Oak Park, has been tapped by the Board of Trustees to replace retiring Village Manager Rich Nahrstadt in September.

In a statement to the Chamber, Village President Kathryn Ciesla commented, “Cara is going to be an excellent partner for economic development.  I expect that we will expand our relationship with the Chamber during Cara’s tenure in Northbrook.”

Pavlicek comes to Northbrook following 13 years in Oak Park, the last nine as Village Manager. Her accomplishments there included redevelopment efforts that brought more than $300 million in private investment to Oak Park’s downtown, according to a Village of Northbrook press release. Her previous positions include management roles in Downers Grove, La Vista, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her B.A. at the University of Washington and holds an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa.

Northbrook’s Village Manager position has historically been one of great stability, with only two individuals in the role over the last 30 years. In the wake of Nahrstadt’s retirement announcement, the Village sought community input to help set priorities for a national search process. Qualifications listed in the job description included “a commitment to excellence in customer service, fiscal discipline, integrity and transparency in local government.  In addition, candidates must have a management and leadership style that reflects collaboration, teambuilding and a calm, professional demeanor.”

Quoted in the Village press release, Pavlicek shared, “I believe Northbrook is an exceptional community and I look forward to working with a talented group of Village staff who have a long-standing commitment to providing great public services. I can’t wait to be a partner with the President and Village Board to advance the community’s goals alongside all stakeholders.”