Jason C. Wicha, the Chief Administrative Officer of the City, was appointed by the City Council on December 3, 2018.
Mr. Wicha has 12 years of experience in local government management. For the past four years, Mr. Wicha served as the Assistant Village Manager in Skokie, Illinois (pop. 65,000). Prior to that, he served as the Village Administrator of Thornton, Illinois (pop. 2,500) and as a Management Intern in the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan (pop. 21,000).
In Skokie, Mr. Wicha also served as the Chief Budget Officer and made significant enhancements to infrastructure investment and public safety pension contributions. He spearheaded implementation of a new ERP software system, improving residents' online processes and procedures. In addition, Mr. Wicha has been instrumental in securing competitive grants, negotiating economic development agreements and managing successful public-private partnerships.
Mr. Wicha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003 from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York and a Master of Public Administration degree in 2007 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Wicha and his wife have one daughter and one son.