Lake Forest Hires New Finance Director from Highland Park

Elizabeth Holleb replaces the retired Kathleen Reinertsen.


Lake Forest has hired a new finance director, Elizabeth Holleb, who is currently in the same position for the city of Highland Park.

Holleb will start June 1, replacing Kathleen Reinertsen, who retired earlier this month.

Holleb has previously worked at the City of SeaTac, Wash., the Village of Oak Park, and the Village of Northbrook.

Holleb was selected following a national search that sought the best candidate based on input from elected and appointed officials, and City staff.  Holleb was chosen based on meetings with City Manager Bob Kiely, and her participation in a comprehensive assessment process conducted by the City’s executive staff.

“We are very fortunate to have found someone with Elizabeth’s talent and experience to fill the position. She will make a great addition to the City staff," Kiely said.

Holleb holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ball State University, where she graduated Cum Laude from the university’s Honors Program. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Her post-college work experience has been dedicated to municipal finance, including work for the Government Finance Officers Association headquartered in Chicago.

Ted April 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
It's always wonderful to attract top-notch employees to the city but we should always ask at what cost. What is her starting salary and benefits package? That never seems to gets mentioned. Why do we always seem to have to have nation-wide searches for small town jobs? What is the search firm cost now and after her first year? These job searches have a direct impact on the property tax cost of city living as well as cut backs that are being made elsewhere.
David Greenberg April 29, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I agree. Nationwide searches are costly and for a public position, unnecessary. Starting salary, benefits, relocation costs, ongoing "housing allowances" for the family if they don't relocate immediately or at all, etc., etc. What's wrong with grooming someone in the department to take on the position of the incumbent eventually? Or hiring someone locally? Or just doing the hiring without using a search firm and incurring the costs of a "contingent" or "retained" search?


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