DeKALB – It's official: DeKalb City Council members unanimously voted to appointed Anne Marie Gaura their next city manager.
"I want to thank the mayor and city council for this vote of confidence," Gaura told council members after Monday's vote. "This is a dream come true for me."
Gaura said she fell in love with the community when her older siblings attended Northern Illinois University. Gaura earned both a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in public administration from NIU.
The search for a new city manager began in June when former City Manager Mark Biernacki retired after nine years in the position. The top five candidates were interviewed Nov. 1.
"It became apparent to the council that Anne Marie is a seasoned professional," said Mayor John Rey. "She has strong city management experience and a very collaborative style."
Rey said Gaura's contract will run from Jan. 21 through Dec. 31, 2017. He said her base salary will be $155,000, with a $4,800 car allowance and $14,285 for insurance, bringing the total compensation package to $174,084.
Interim City Manager Rudy Espiritu will return to his former position of assistant city manager.
Presently working as Schaumburg's interim director of engineering and public works, Gaura spent 12 years in Montgomery. She had ample opportunity to hone what Rey called her collaborative style since Montgomery is split between Kane and Kendall counties, and is part of two park districts, two library districts and five school districts.
Gaura led the village through its largest period of growth, from about 5,500 residents in 2000 to more than 18,000 in 2010. During her tenure, the village near Aurora built a new police station and city hall, and saw retail growth with the addition of retail shopping centers that include a Walmart Supercenter, Menard's and JCPenney.
Gaura also was instrumental in the creating of the Metro West Council of Government that represents more than 30 municipalities, serving more a population of more than 750,000 in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties. Metro West addresses regional issues including managing growth, transportation, water conservation and promoting sustainable economic development.