Lisa Shelley

Deputy Village Manager Lisa Shelley scored a unanimous vote to become interim village manager from the Oak Park village board during its July 6 meeting. The appointment sailed through, just as Village President Vicki Scaman expected, having shared her belief that it would in an interview with Wednesday Journal prior to the meeting.

While each trustee gave affirmative votes July 6, Trustee Arti Walker-Peddakotla put a supportive spin on hers, stating, “Yes, and congrats, Lisa.”

Scaman expressed her pleasure to Shelley for taking the interim position.

“Lisa, we’re all very happy. Thank you very much for stepping forward into this role,” the village president said. “We’re looking forward to working with you.”

Shelley, whose career with the village spans decades, thanked the village board for the appointment.

“I look forward to working with all of you and staff during this transition,” she added.

 Aug. 20 will be Shelley’s first day as interim village manager. She will remain deputy village manager until Village Manager Cara Pavlicek’s last day on Aug. 19. Pavlicek is departing Oak Park to serve as the new village manager of the village of Northbrook.

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