Michael Braiman, who has been Village Manager Eric Palm's go-to guy for about two years, will be moving back to the town from whence he came.
Starting Sept. 3, Braiman will be the assistant village manager in Wilmette.
Braiman was assistant to the village manager in the North Shore community for about three years before coming to River Forest. His last day here will be Aug. 30, he said.
In River Forest, Braiman is chief personnel officer and handles both labor relations and human resources. He will have similar responsibilities there, but in a community with a population of more than 27,000 and a $60 million budget.
He also will have oversight of a $100 million capital improvement plan and be engaged in special projects across the organization. The suburb has its own health department, cable department and a museum, all of which are run through the manager's office.
Because River Forest has some big projects coming up — stormwater management, a five-year capital plan and the budget — it will be important to have someone on board to replace him pretty quickly, Braiman noted.
"It's been a privilege to work here in River Forest. We've accomplished a lot, and we're moving in the right direction," he said.
Palm has started the process of searching for a replacement, and one could be on board by next month.
"We're going to miss [Braiman] dearly," Palm said. "In my 12 years of government service, I have not encountered an employee with the kind of work ethic, dedication and resourcefulness that Mike has demonstrated. He has made [River Forest] a better place."
Said Village President Catherine Adduci, "We are giving Wilmette a better person than you were when you came here. You will be hard to replace." Adduci was a trustee when Braiman came to River Forest.