Departments

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Cara Pavlicek

Cara Pavlicek
Village Manager
Assistant Village Manager

Madeline Farrell
Deputy Village Manager


The Village Manager’s Office oversees the day-to-day operations of the Village in accordance with the managerial form of municipal government as established by article 5 of the Illinois Municipal Code, 65 ILCS 5/5-1-1 and assists the Board of Trustees in the development and formulation of policies, goals and objectives, and keeps them informed of important community issues. It provides administrative direction to the Village's departmental staff and is responsible for managing the activities and operations of the Village, ensuring the provision of quality services.

Major responsibilities of the Village Manager’s Office include: review and oversee departmental operations and related personnel functions; recommend Annual Budget pursuant to Chapter 2, Article III Sec. 2-118 of the Municipal Code; administer the adopted budget and capital improvement programs; act as liaison with citizens, businesses, community organizations, and other government agencies; coordinate intergovernmental relations including assisting with public agendas; monitor state and federal legislation; prepare Board of Trustee meeting agendas; coordinate compliance with national and state laws; conduct and coordinate policy research; respond to requests for information and assist citizens with requests for service; and communicate with citizens, employees, and the media.

Location and Hours

1st Floor, Village Hall, 1225 Cedar Lane
Weekdays, 8:30am-4:30pm


Development and Planning Services Department

Jonathan Mendel


Jonathan Mendel
Director of DPS
Deputy Director of DPS


Michaela Kohlstedt

Deputy Director of DPS


The Department of Development & Planning Services (DPS) was established to ensure the proper construction of buildings in the Village, monitor the sanitary conditions in food service establishments, and promote the orderly development of the community in conformance with the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code and other established Village policies. The primary functional areas of the department include the following: (1) building plan review and permit issuance; (2) inspection of permitted construction activities and food establishments; (3) zoning and property maintenance code enforcement and general code administration; (4) review and processing of major land development and subdivision activities; (5) long-range land use, housing, and transportation planning activities in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan; (6) targeted economic development initiatives; and (7) implementation of the Village’s Climate Action Plan.

Location and Hours

2nd Floor, Village Hall, 1225 Cedar Lane
Weekdays, 8:30am-4:30pm


Finance Department


Steve Drazner


Steve Drazner

Chief Financial Officer

Deputy CFO

Anita Bozic
Deputy Chief Financial Officer



The Finance Department administers the fiscal operations of the Village. The Department’s responsibilities include: purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, treasury management, payroll administration, utility billing, vehicle/pet license administration, financial reporting, assisting police and fire pension fund boards, accounting and maintaining all financial records of the Village, representing the Village with the Northbrook Rural Fire Protection District, preparation of the Annual Budget and Capital Improvement Plan, office supply services, and internal auditing of Village financial internal control procedures.

Location and Hours

1st Floor, Village Hall, 1225 Cedar Lane
Weekdays, 8:30am-4:30pm


Fire Department

Dave Schweihs


David Schweihs

Fire Chief

Joel Eaton


Joel Eaton
Deputy Chief of Administration


Matthew Vanderweel


Matthew Vanderweel 
Deputy Chief of Operations




The Fire Department is an all-hazards department established to prevent and extinguish accidental or destructive fires, to render emergency medical assistance to victims of illness or injury, and to mitigate the results of, and render aid in case of accident or disaster. The Fire Department is also responsible for enforcing all laws and ordinances covering fire protection and regulation, including: storage and use of explosive, flammable, and hazardous materials; maintenance and regulation of fire escapes; and the installation and maintenance of automatic and other private fire alarm systems, and fire extinguishing equipment. 

Locations and Hours

Fire Station 10, 650 Huehl Road
Fire Station 11 (Administration), 740 Dundee Road
Fire Station 12, 1840 Shermer Road
Administration Hours: Weekdays, 8am-4pm


Information Technology Department

IT Director

Lori Baker
Chief Information Officer


The Information Technology Department implements and maintains core technologies, applications, and services in the most efficient and fiscally responsible manner to support and enhance all Village operations. Additionally, the Information Services Department partners with other Village departments to plan for innovative uses of technology solutions, ensure data is centrally managed and secured, to consolidate business functions onto standardized and centralized applications, to provide effective internal and external communication tools, and to enhance and secure network and mobile connectivity and communications. Lastly, the Information Services Department strives to make the Village of Northbrook a leader in resident and business responsiveness and delivery of services through effective data-driven decision-making processes.

Location and Hours

2nd Floor, Village Hall, 1225 Cedar Lane
Weekdays, 8:30am-4:30pm


Police Department

Police Chief

Christopher Kennedy
Police Chief
John Ustich

John Ustich
Deputy Chief of Operations
Marc Fainman


Marc Fainman

Deputy Chief of Technical Services 


The Police Department is established with a mission of protect and serve the public. There are three basic activities within the Department: law enforcement, the maintenance of order, and the performance of general government services. Police Department activities involve the repression of crime; apprehension of offenders; recovery and preservation of property; prevention of crime; regulation of non-criminal conduct; and the performance of miscellaneous services. 

Location and Hours

Police Station, 1401 Landwehr Road
Administration Hours: Weekdays, 8am-4pm


Public Works Department

Public Works Director

Kelly Hamill
Director of Public Works
Deputy Director of PW

Matt Morrison
Deputy Director of Public Works
Jack Bielak Headshot



Jack Bielak
Village Engineer 


The Public Works Department designs, constructs, manages, maintains, operates and repairs the Village's infrastructure, facilities and related assets, which include public streets and sidewalks, street lighting, signage, traffic controls,  water production and distribution facilities, sanitary sewer collection/conveyance, storm water collection/conveyance, parkways including planting and trimming of trees, municipal buildings and grounds, commuter parking lots, the municipal fleet, snow and ice control, and emergency/disaster preparedness and response. The Village Engineer ensures that the design, construction and maintenance of public and private developments are in conformance within Village Standards.

Location and Hours

Public Works Center, 655 Huehl Road
Administration Hours: Weekdays, 7am-3pm