Hagerty releases statement regarding Bobkiewicz’s annual evaluation


Katie Pach/Daily Senior Staffer

City manager Wally Bobkiewicz speaks at City Council. Bobkiewicz was praised during an annual review for his communication skills and transparency.

Jake Holland, Assistant City Editor

Mayor Steve Hagerty released a statement Tuesday regarding city manager Wally Bobkiewicz’s annual evaluation.

Hagerty said City Council met in an executive session Sept. 18 to complete Bobkiewicz’s review. The review marked the completion of eight years of service for Bobkiewicz as city manager.

Bobkiewicz withdrew his bid for Tacoma, Washington, city manager in May, saying in a statement that he was “not yet ready” to leave Evanston.

“The City Council and I gave the City Manager a positive and strong performance review,” Hagerty said in the statement. “The City Manager achieved or exceeded expectations in each of eighteen categories he was evaluated.”

Hagerty said Bobkiewicz received “particular praise” during the review for his transparency, communication skills and ability to “build an exceptional management team.” He also praised Bobkiewicz for his leadership in creating the position of equity and empowerment coordinator for the city.

Before the evaluation, Bobkiewicz requested that City Council and Hagerty not consider him for a salary adjustment, Hagerty said. Bobkiewicz requested no changes to his current contract, which began Oct. 13, 2016.

“The City Council and I thank Mr. Bobkiewicz for his service to the residents of Evanston and look forward to working with him in the future,” Hagerty said.

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