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New City Manager Gets 5-Year Contract, Residency Waiver

Ghida Neukirch will take over the job in November when the current manager, David Knapp, retires.

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Highland Park’s incoming city manager, Ghida Neukirch, received a five-year contract as well as a waiver of the city’s residency requirement from the Highland Park City Council, the Highland Park News reports.

Neukirch is currently the deputy city manager. She will take over the new job on Nov. 4 when City Manager David Knapp retires after more than 50 years of public service.

Neukirch has 21 years of municipal government experience, including 13 in Buffalo Grove. She came to Highland Park in 2012.

Her starting salary in the new role will be $185,000 plus an annual $4,100 car allowance, the Highland Park News story says. The city council waived its residency requirement so that Neukirch, who lives in Arlington Heights with her family, will not be required to live in Highland Park.

You can read the full Highland Park News article here.

forest barbieri July 18, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Walter - Anonymous and still negative. Shame Walter as in your earlier anonymous days you actually had a few interesting and relevant comments. Plus, they did not go out anywhere but hired within. I never said it was the wrong choice, I said the process under current stated requirements was circumvented and that there is benefit to having the City Manager which in reality runs the city on a daily basis to have skin in the game. But then Walter, you are not interesting in what is said, only making derogatory personal comments. Jealous? Lonely? Just pissed at the world? The world has enough issues without such negativity! Hope you find some happy thoughts:)
Walter White July 18, 2014 at 05:29 PM
And you are still a blowhole.
forest barbieri July 18, 2014 at 05:32 PM
@Donna No there is no such pension requirement. Just wanted to point out that the communities economic burden may extend beyond a 5 year contract. Nice, I Like the comment about the street being plowed first:) Again, the deal is done and hopefully she is a great City Manager. Just do not like to see government selectively pick and choose which requirements they must follow. Get rid of the residency requirement overall instead of circumventing it.
Stu Pidasso July 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM
Limardi was told to leave, rightfully so, the "retirement" was just a smokescreen... he screwed the city good..

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