The City Administrator and staff direct the administration and execution of policies and goals formulated by the City Council and propose alternative solutions to community problems for City Council consideration. These responsibilities include advising the Council on present and future financial, personnel and program needs, implementing immediate and long-range City priorities, establishing administrative procedures which will assist the City in serving its citizens, preparation of the annual budget, and supervision of City department heads. The office also maintains all records of the City and coordinates the completion of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
The Department consists of the following Divisions: Marketing and Communications; Human Resources; Information Technology (IT); Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
The City Administrator is responsible to the Mayor and City Council for the efficient administration of the City, and oversees a staff of 116 staff members as well as contracted consultants in the following departments: Administration, Police, Community Development, Finance, and Public Works.
Marketing & Communications Division
All efforts of this Program are directed towards maintaining the professional brand of the City; notifying residents with timely information regarding City news, events, and programs through traditional and digital media; and promoting the City through the implementation and execution of strategic marketing and communications plans utilizing trending technologies and strategies. Staff oversees City graphic design and written public materials; administers the City’s website and social media accounts; serves as media relations coordinator; engages in community outreach; and initiates and manages special projects. Staff also serves as the staff liaison to City’s Cultural Arts Commission.
Human Resources Division
All human resources activities are administered and coordinated in compliance with applicable Civil Service ordinance and rules, State and Federal requirements, and Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines. Actions regarding employees of the City are reviewed and approved by the Administration Department's Human Resources Division to ensure compliance with requirements and the provision of equitable treatment. The Division provides ongoing assistance to the operating departments and employees in all areas of employment, including recruitment, selection, position classification, salary administration, promotion, performance evaluation, training, benefit administration, discipline, on-the-job injuries, employee concerns and labor relations.
Information Technology (IT) Division
The main purpose of the Information Technology (IT) Division is to provide services that satisfy the City’s information needs effectively. As part of the service, it has the authority and responsibility for review, control and improvement in such technology areas as office automation, communications, microcomputers, telephone, video and monitoring devices and network administration. The IT element has the responsibility for a Long-Range Plan that commits to resources and a stable direction for the future. Finally, IT also keeps abreast of state-of-the-art developments in information technology.
Geographic Information System (GIS) Division
The main purpose of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Division is to provide geographic data and technology that will facilitate daily department tasks. In addition to the creation and management of geographic datasets, user training is conducted by the GIS Coordinator to assist City staff with the system. Documentation of existing data, hardware, and software is maintained by the GIS Coordinator and posted to the City website where applicable. The management and implementation of all long-term projects and research and development of future projects is also the responsibility of the GIS Coordinator.
Michael Guttman - City Administrator
Tia Messino - Assistant City Administrator
Valeria Perez - Executive Office Manager/FOIA Officer
Daniel J. Peck - Marketing & Communications Manager
Sash Dumanovic - Human Resources Manager
Vicki Hynes - GIS Coordinator
West Chicago City Hall
475 Main Street
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: (630) 293-2200
Fax: (630) 293-3028
City Hall Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m