Robert Merkel, Finance Director, has announced his retirement from the Village as of December 31, 2020. Mr. Merkel has worked with the Village since 2003 where he first served as the Assistant Finance Director until 2008 when he was promoted to the Finance Director position, which he held until his retirement. In addition to Mr. Merkel’s role in the Finance Department, he also served as the Acting Village Manager for six months from late 2018 to early 2019.
Mr. Merkel has spent his professional life assisting private and public sector organizations in adhering to the highest principles of finance and budgeting. Under Mr. Merkel’s stewardship, the Village has consistently been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the annual Budget and developing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that adheres to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) related to the Village’s Audit.
Mr. Merkel has been involved in every major financial issue that the Village has faced in the last 17 years. Major projects that Mr. Merkel has been involved with include: the establishment and management of the tax increment financing (TIF) districts including the North Lincoln TIF which will soon be home to the District 1860 Development; the negotiation and establishment of agreements related to the future District 1860 Development; supporting the creation of a comprehensive capital improvement plan to address street and watermain replacements for aging infrastructure; the acquisition and financing of potable water from the City of Evanston.
Upon hearing of the retirement of Bob Merkel, Village Manager Anne Marie Gaura stated, “It has been my pleasure to work with Bob for the last two years and am happy to see that after his years of dedication and hard work he will be able to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.” Ms. Gaura continued, “Bob has been an unwavering resource for this community and organization. He will be sorely missed not only for his professional acumen but for his wisdom and demeanor in the workplace.”
Mr. Merkel stated, “It was a pleasure and a privilege to work at the Village of Lincolnwood. I am so grateful for my time working here.”
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