FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The City of Freeport City Manager Recruitment Committee is pleased to announce that after careful consideration the Committee is unanimously recommending to the City Council that the position of City Manager be offered to Interim City Manager Randy J. Bukas, subject to Council approval at the May 18th City Council meeting. The City of Freeport City Manager Recruitment Committee is comprised of the Mayor, the City Council, and three members of the public.
Mr. Bukas has served in the roles of Finance Director, Treasurer and Deputy City Manager for the City since September, 2017. He was appointed Interim City Manager on March 5, 2020. Mr. Bukas has almost 40 years of experience in municipal government and has served as City Manager, Finance Director, Assistant Finance Director, City Treasurer and City Clerk in the course of his career.
Mr. Bukas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and his Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University.
The national, state, and local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded shortly after the formation of the City Manager Recruitment Committee. When presented with Mr. Bukas’ candidacy, the Committee unanimously decided to consider his individual candidacy prior to selecting a search firm. Mr. Bukas’ administrative leadership, his highly qualified credentials, familiarity with the community, and the continuity of his leadership were considered assets to the community during both the immediate and long-term impact of this pandemic as well as navigating the challenges and opportunities facing the City of Freeport.
Mr. Bukas has been involved with all key projects for the City of Freeport, including flood mitigation, Census, new water treatment plant and COVID-19 issues including how the pandemic affects our City budget. His knowledge in these matters will allow us to move forward in a timely and positive direction. His leadership skills, financial acumen, ethical standards, skilled professionalism and dedication to the City of Freeport, its residents, and its employees were key factors to the committee coming to this decision.