On behalf of the board of directors and members of the Village Manager Association, I would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Barbara Ebner. As many may know, Barbara was a longtime member of the VMA and a strong advocate for our principles – particularly that of accountable and responsive government. In 1998, Barbara participated in the selection process of the VMA that lead to her candidacy and election as a village trustee in 1999. During her term in office, she worked tirelessly for the citizens of Oak Park and truly made a positive impact at the board table.

Since leaving office in 2003, Barbara has been instrumental in reshaping and reinvigorating the VMA. She led the steering committee that modified the process the VMA uses to select candidates for office. Her contributions have helped the organization continue to reach out to the greater community, promote its principles and seek out strong candidates who share our passion for good governance.

Barbara will be missed.

Brad Bartels
President, Village Manager Association

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