Gandurski leaves town to work at a law firm

Evanston Acting City Manager Kelley Gandurski announced on Tuesday that she will be stepping down on July 11 to join a government and land use law firm.

Gandurski was named acting city manager last October. She joined the city in March 2020 as legal counsel and later served as deputy city manager.

She is leaving to join Elrod Friedman LLP.

In a statement, Gandurski said, “I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished together in this short time, and I look forward to seeing the community build on the progress that has been made on so many fronts.”

Mayor Daniel Biss said of Gandurski, “Our whole community owes him a great debt of gratitude for a job that was extremely difficult and very well done. I personally thank her for her service and wish her all the best in the next phase of her career.

Gandurski led a number of key initiatives, including overseeing the development of the city’s $43 million American Rescue Plan Act, working with key community partners to create a citywide coalition city ​​to end homelessness, revamping lakeside operations and improving staff training.

She also worked with employee unions to implement a COVID-19 vaccination policy and worked with the city’s human resources division to revamp city policies and ensure staffing, training and adequate support for all services.

Biss said information on the appointment of a new acting city manager will be announced “in the coming days.”