The Evanston City Council intends to appoint Deputy City Manager Kelley Gandurski as interim city manager as the City undertakes a community-informed, nationwide search to recruit and hire its next city manager, according to a news release today.
The City Council expects to vote on Gandurski’s appointment at its next meeting on Monday, September 13. Gandurski will begin her role as interim city manager upon the departure of City Manager Erika Storlie on October 8.
"I appreciate Kelley stepping up to lead our organization," said Mayor Daniel Biss. "Kelley has the experience and leadership skills necessary to guide our City through this period of transition, and I look forward to working with her in the months to come. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Erika for her 16 years of dedicated service to our community."
Gandurski has served as deputy city manager since April 2021, focusing on the day-to-day management of City operations, long-term projects and community partnerships. Gandurski joined the City of Evanston in March 2020 as corporation counsel/city attorney, serving as the City’s chief legal counsel.
Prior to joining the City of Evanston, Gandurski was the executive director of the City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control, and previously served as supervising assistant corporation counsel/senior counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law. She holds a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Joseph’s College.
The City will provide the community with frequent updates as the City Council embarks on the search for a new city manager. The City Council looks forward to the community’s input and participation in this important process.