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City Manager Erika Storlie has announced the appointment of three City staff to key senior leadership positions at the City of Evanston.
Kelley Gandurski, who has led the City’s Law Department as Corporation Counsel/City Attorney, will join the City Manager’s Office as Deputy City Manager. Deputy City Attorney Nicholas Cummings has been promoted to assume the Law Department’s top leadership role. In addition, Interim Fire Chief Paul Polep has been appointed to fill the position permanently as chief of the Evanston Fire Department. All three appointments are effective April 12.
“Kelley, Nick and Chief Polep are experienced, proven leaders who share a steadfast commitment to public service,” Ms. Storlie said. “Their leadership and expertise have been invaluable to our City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be just as critical as we begin to shift focus to our community’s recovery. I look forward to working with each of them in their new roles.”
As Deputy City Manager, Ms. Gandurski will focus on the day-to-day management of City operations while supporting the City Manager on long-term projects, programs, and community partnerships. She will also share oversight of City departments with current Deputy City Manager Kimberly Richardson. Ms. Gandurski joined the City of Evanston in March 2020 as Corporation Counsel/City Attorney, where she has served as the City’s chief legal counsel. She holds a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Joseph’s College.
As Corporation Counsel/City Attorney, Mr. Cummings will lead the City’s Law Department and serve as the City’s head legal counsel. He joined the City of Evanston as Deputy City Attorney in January 2020, where he has handled litigation for the City and served as the Law Department lead for the City’s groundbreaking Local Reparations Program. He holds a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University.
Fire Chief Paul Polep is a 24-year veteran of the department with more than 30 years of fire service experience. He began his service with the Evanston Fire Department in 1996 and rose through the ranks, serving as captain, division chief of emergency medical services, deputy chief of operations, and most recently as interim fire chief, a position he has held since January 2021. He holds an associate degree in Applied Fire Science from McHenry County College and has achieved Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal.