The Village of Lombard has named Northern Illinois University graduate Scott R. Niehaus as its next village manager, effective Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Niehaus, 42, has served as village manager in Tinley Park since 2003. Prior to his service as village manager, he was the village’s assistant manager for four years. Before Tinley Park, Niehaus worked for the Village of Elk Grove for six years.
“I look forward to working under the direction of the Village Board to address the stated goals of the Village including continued economic development efforts, improved communication with the public, the development of staff and a resolution on the future of the Westin Hotel property,” Niehaus said.
“Overall, I hope to assist the Village Board in maintaining and improving the excellent quality of life and services available to the citizens of Lombard.”
Niehaus, who grew up in nearby Elmhurst, said taking the position of Village Manager in Lombard will allow him to “come home” to roots in DuPage County and be closer to family and friends who reside in the area, including his parents, who currently live in Lombard.
Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio said the board was impressed by Niehaus’ qualifications and 10 years of experience as a Village Manager. The Village Board is set to take action on Niehaus’ employment contract at its regular Village Board meeting on Dec. 5.
“This is an exciting time in Lombard,” Giagnorio said. “The Village Board is looking forward to working with Mr. Niehaus in 2014 and beyond.”
As Village Manager of Tinley Park, Niehaus oversaw the expansion of the Tinley Park Convention Center, directed the redevelopment and construction of two Metra railroad stations and helped implement neighborhood drainage improvement programs resulting in the removal of more than 1,000 homes from FEMA’s regulatory flood plain. Niehaus also helped develop a fiscal policy document that enabled the Village of Tinley Park to obtain a bond rating upgrade to AA+ during the recent recession.
Niehaus graduated from NIU’s prestigious Master of Public Administration program in 1996. The program is ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in the specialty field of city management and urban policy and twelfth in the field of public finance and budgeting, tops among all public and private institutions in Illinois and at many elite schools nationwide.