EVANSTON, IL – Following last week’s final interviews with panels of Evanston residents and representatives from local businesses and nonprofits, a local community group has approved one of two finalists for the city manager job.
The Community Alliance for a Better Government (CABG) issued a statement on Tuesday endorsing Daniel Ramos for Evanston’s chief municipal executive. Ramos is the Deputy City Manager and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Baltimore. The other finalist for the position is Sacramento’s Assistant City Manager Michael Jasso.
“Mr. Ramos best represents the CABG values of transparency, public responsiveness and commitment to racial and social justice, combined with a strong background in budgeting, finance and city administration,” the group’s statement said.
Those of the base groupcited Ramos’ demonstrated commitment to finding just solutions to problems such as housing, transportation and public safety.
“Even though I’m young, I’m definitely battle-hardened,” Ramos said during a remoteearlier this month.
“I was in the Emergency Operations Center during Freddy Gray, during the  Riot in Baltimore, I managed the state’s emergency shelters during the largest snowstorm in Maryland history and provided leadership during COVID,” he said. “I have continued to advance my career and have held responsibilities under four different mayors.”
The CABG statement also praised Ramos’ track record of involving residents early in the budgeting process.
“While recognizing the other finalist’s talents and experience, we do not believe his commitment and proven experience in racial equality and economic justice are as thoroughly integrated into his political priorities as Mr. Ramos’s,” it said. “We also believe Mr Ramos’ commitment to addressing racial poverty will be useful in a community where such issues have often been overlooked or downplayed by city leaders.”
Beforehand: Evanston City Manager Finalists named, community meetings planned
The city council met in aFriday afternoon to discuss the important personnel decision.
Ald. Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, said last month she plans to step down effective January 31 after voting on the next city manager. Fleming was absent, along with Ald. Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, and Ald. Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, as the Council convened for deliberation at the Executive Session last week.
The city council is scheduled to meet next Monday.
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