Coleen Burrus to step down from City Council to take position at Princeton


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Ald. Coleen Burrus has represented the 9th Ward on City Council since 2009. She will step down next month to accept a position at Princeton University.

Ciara McCarthy, Editor in Chief

Ald. Coleen Burrus (9th) will leave the City Council next month to take a position at Princeton University.

Burrus will step down as alderman before she begins her job as the director of corporate and foundation relations at Princeton on April 27. Burrus currently works as the senior director of corporate engagement at Northwestern. Her last day at NU is April 10, she said.

According to Evanston city code, a vacancy on the council can be filled by either election or appointment. If Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl chooses to appoint Burrus’ replacement, the appointment will be subject to review by the council. Burrus said she will work with Tisdahl to ensure the 9th Ward alderman’s transition is smooth.

Burrus said she has not determined the exact date she will step down as alderman.

Burrus has served as 9th Ward alderman since 2009 and has lived in Evanston for nearly 15 years, she said. She cited the council’s work on economic development and financial security as her proudest accomplishments as alderman.

“Evanston is a tremendously special place,” Burrus said. “I’ve been very honored to represent the 9th Ward.”

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