Lake Forest City Government Overview
Forest City Directory contains important information
about Lake Forest elected and appointed officials, City
staff and facilities, and other governmental agencies. It is
updated annually and can be downloaded for easy reference.
LAKE FOREST CITY
To achieve the goal of being the best-managed, fiscally
responsible and appealing community in the United States by
promoting a living and working environment built upon a
community spirit of trust, respect and broad-based citizen
The City Council is the legislative and policy-making body and
includes the Mayor and two Aldermen from each of the City's four wards.
The Mayor is elected bi-annually for a two-year term and receives a token
salary of $10 per year. Aldermen are elected to staggered two-year
terms, with one Alderman elected from each Ward annually. Aldermen
receive no compensation. The charter also provides for the elective
offices of City Treasurer, City Marshal, City Collector and City
Supervisor, all of whom serve one-year terms and receive token salaries
of $10 per year.
The City of Lake Forest, comprised of approximately 252
full-time employees and an annual budget over $69 million, operates under the
council-manager form of government with the day-to-day operations of
the City in the hands of a full-time, professional
City Manager who is appointed by
the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.