Skokie Village Manager John Lockerby announced today that he has appointed Nicholas Wyatt as Skokie’s new Assistant Village Manager. Mr. Wyatt’s appointment is effective immediately as he succeeds former Assistant Village Manager Jason Wicha who recently left Skokie to become City Manager in Lake Forest, Illinois.
“I am pleased to appoint Nick Wyatt to the Assistant Village Manager’s position,” said Lockerby. “Since joining the Village’s staff as an administrative intern in 2008 while in graduate school, he has been promoted to increasingly responsible positions and has made countless positive, significant contributions to the organization and community. As a member of the Village’s budget development team, he has demonstrated the ability to prioritize and allocate fiscal resources to support important Village programs and services. Over the past ten years, he has shown leadership, innovation and a loyal commitment to the Village of Skokie.”
Skokie’s Assistant Village Manager traditionally oversees the Village’s annual budget development for which Skokie has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Excellence from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for 30 consecutive years.
Wyatt holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Georgia College and State University. After completing his graduate studies in 2010, Wyatt was promoted to Management Analyst and Public Information Officer and was promoted to Assistant to the Village Manager in 2012. In addition to serving as a member of the Village’s budget and collective bargaining teams, Wyatt has been on the Village’s communications and marketing team, establishing Skokie’s now robust social media presence, overseeing the Village web site and assisting with developing each edition of NewSkokie, the Village’s newsletter. As the staff liaison to the Fine Arts Commission and Public Arts Committee, he led the acquisition and development of the collection of outdoor sculptures and murals in Downtown Skokie and other areas of the community. He is a member of both the International and Illinois City/County Management Associations and is active in the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants.
“The appointment to serve as the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Skokie is a tremendous opportunity for me, both professionally and personally,” said Wyatt. “I am excited to both continue my career in this vibrant, unique community and, after my upcoming marriage, my new wife and I making Skokie our home.”