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Kenilworth village manager leaving for Lincolnshire

Kenilworth’s village manager is leaving the post after six years to take the top municipal job  in Lincolnshire.

Brad Burke was credited with helping “to lead the Village through a most difficult economic period in the Village’s history,” said Kenilworth Village President Fred Steingraber, in a release.

Known as the Chicago’s area’s ritziest ZIP code, Kenilworth was listed by Forbes magazine in January 2011 as the second most affluent area in the country.

Burke was  hired in June 2006. Under his leadership, the village adopted its first comprehensive land use plan, upgraded its bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, and updated several sections of the local zoning ordinance. Burke was also instrumental in a public works department reorganization that saves $200,000 annually in the village budget, according to the release.

“His work ethic, dedication, and care for his profession and the community as a whole have helped to set the Village of Kenilworth on solid financial footing to position the community to address the next level of opportunities and challenges which lie ahead,” Steingraber said, in the release.

Burke’s last day with Kenilworth will be Aug. 10, after which he will become Lincolnshire’s village manager, where he said he is looking forward to the challenges of running a larger community.

“It has great residential neighborhoods, but also large and diverse commercial and industrial development,” Burke said. “It’s an opportunity to work in a broader range of issues than in Kenilworth.”

Village trustees have already developed a plan to recruit his successor.

“Although Manager Burke will be missed, the existing staff and leadership are eager and fully prepared to help build upon the work already begun under Brad’s leadership,” Steingraber said, in the release.

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