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Government
The City is governed by the council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of seven members, including an elected mayor and six councilmembers. Elections are held every four years for mayor and three of the six councilmember terms that expire at the same time. A professional City Manager and staff who are experienced in city management handle the day-to-day operations of the City. The City has a number of commissions comprised of citizen volunteers who take an active role in City policy making. 

Please find the City's Organization Chart here.

The mission of the City of Highland Park municipal government is to provide excellent services to all citizens of and visitors to Highland Park with the highest degree of fairness and equity.  The City of Highland Park municipal government is committed to an organizational vision which: 1) includes the highest level of public safety and security; 2) values diversity and compassion; 3) pursues opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation; and 4) strives to be efficient, cost effective, and customer satisfaction oriented in the delivery of all government services.

City Work Plan Focuses on Core Priorities in 2015: Fiscal Stability, Infrastructure, Public Safety

City Manager Ghida Neukirch outlined an aggressive 2015 work plan at the City Council meeting on February 9, 2015.  The plan details more than 135 projects and initiatives to achieve innovative solutions that will achieve effective and efficient change.  City employees embrace the City Council's defined core priorities of public safety, fiscal stability and infrastructure.  City staff and the City Council work together to carry out every initiative in an effort to best serve residents, businesses and visitors.

The defined projects include initiatives affecting the public, actions anticipated for City Council approval and other significant department initiatives.  Key initiatives include implementation of the City's branding, analysis of the Ravinia Fire Station relocation, emergency preparedness with sister governments, meter replacement and automated meter reading implementation, negotiations of new commercial and residential waste hauling agreements, among others.

The work plan can be found below.  Initiatives and projects are organized by department and will be updated on this webpage and presented to the City Council on a quarterly basis.

For more information on the City's 2016 work plan, please contact the City Manager's Office at (847) 926-1000.

2016 Work Plan - 2nd Quarter Update
2016 Work Plan - Presented January 11, 2016 
2015 Work Plan, 1st Quarter Update - presented April 13, 2015
2015 Work Plan - presented February 9, 2015
2014 Work Plan - presented January 13, 2014

Communications Plan
The City's Communications Plan incorporates six main goals or objectives and more than 20 strategies and initiatives.  The main goals fall under the categories: Community Collaboration, Digital Communication, Two-Way Communication, Policy Considerations, Proactive Messaging, and Customer Service.

The complete Communications Plans can be found below.  For more information on the City's Communications Plan, please contact Hayley Garard, Assistant to the City Manager, at or (847) 926-1043.

2015-2016 Communications Plan
2014 Communications Plan




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