Cara PavlicekPhoto courtesy Village of Oak Park

Village Manager Cara Pavlicek is leaving Oak Park to serve in the same capacity for the village of Northbrook. Pavlicek put in her notice the morning of June 17 and confirmed the news to Wednesday Journal that afternoon but was not immediately available for further comment.

“I will miss Oak Park – it is a very special community, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the village organization,” Pavlicek wrote in an email. 

She will remain serving as village manager for the next 60 days, according to Village President Vicki Scaman. Her last day on the job will be Aug. 19.

Pavlicek has been working for the village of Oak Park since 2008, first serving as parking manager. She became village manager in March 2012, first in an interim capacity, before being appointed permanently in January 2013.

During her tenure as village manager, Pavlicek has led the village through multiple high-rise housing developments, the redevelopment of the Madison Street corridor and saw Oak Park through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m grateful for her service and her leadership,” said Scaman. “I’m happy for her and Northbrook is lucky to have her.”

Pavlicek informed Scaman that she had taken the Northbrook village manager position over coffee on June 17. Scaman stated she had “no inkling” Pavlicek was planning to leave prior to their coffee meeting.

“We had a really wonderful conversation,” said Scaman.

Last fall, Pavlicek was among four finalists in consideration for the city administer position in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but lost out on the gig to the city’s internal candidate Sept. 14.

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