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City Manager



Robert R. Kiely, Jr., the Chief Administrative Officer of the City, is appointed to serve the City on a full-time basis by the Mayor and City Council.

A 1979 graduate of Lake Forest College, Bob received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in 1981.  His first job as a local government professional was with The City of Lake Forest from 1980 to 1982 when he served as Assistant to the City Manager.  His professional development continued in his role as Assistant to the Village Manager with the Village of Wilmette, Illinois, where he served for four years.  In 1986, he assumed his first Manager’s position when he became City Administrator for the City of Prospect Heights, Illinois, which he held until 1990.

Bob returned to Lake Forest in 1990 when the City Council appointed him City Manager.  During the past 26 years as the City’s key administrator, Bob has worked with twelve Mayors and City Councils to ensure the delivery of high-quality services while maintaining the long-term financial stability of the City.  He has a strong commitment to ongoing professional development for his staff and himself. 

Mr. Kiely served as Vice Chairman of the Illinois Municipal League’s Legislative Committee in 2014 and served as Chairman from 2011-2013. From 2012-2014 he served as Midwest Vice President of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA); the Treasurer of the Northwest Municipal Conference from 2009-2012; President of the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA) from 2005-2006; and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (IRMA). He is currently an adjunct professor in the Continuing Studies Program at Northwestern University.

He lives in Lake Forest with his wife, Alison, has three grown children and three grandsons.



220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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