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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Joe La Margo joined the Village of Orland Park staff

more than 12 years ago when he was appointed deputy

village clerk by the late Village Clerk David Maher. During

his tenure as deputy clerk, La Margo spearheaded the

village’s application process for the U.S. Conference of

Mayors’ City Livability Award resulting in Orland Park

winning the first of four national awards.

As deputy clerk, La Margo created the online Citizens’

Information Center resulting in Orland Park being the

first government agency in Illinois to earn a 100 percent

transparency rating from the Illinois Policy Institute. It was

during his time as deputy clerk that La Margo facilitated

and oversaw Orland Park’s first village wide citizens’ and

business surveys to measure and evaluate the community’s

quality of life and village services.

In 2012, La Margo was named public information officer

adding to his deputy clerk responsibilities. La Margo was

the village’s primary spokesperson and oversaw the Public

Information Department. Highlights of his tenure include

overseeing a number of telephone town hall meetings, the

village’s electrical aggregation referendum and increasing

overall civic engagement. It was under La Margo’s

leadership that the village’s presence on social media was

created and now reaches thousands of people each day

with thousands of followers on all of the village’s outlets.

La Margo was named assistant village manager in

2015 being the direct supervisor for eight village

department heads. As assistant village manager,

La Margo was the primary contact for all intergovernmental

initiatives including lobbyist relationships to secure funding

for major transportation projects. He was part of the

village’s administrative staff during the negotiations for

the University of Chicago Medical Center, Mariano’s,

the village’s parking complex and has been directly

involved with a number of local projects.

La Margo served as assistant village manager during

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy’s time as interim

village manager from July, 2016 until April, 2017

when La Margo was named interim village manager.

Prior to coming to Orland Park, La Margo served as

chief deputy director for the Illinois Secretary of State

Department of Accounting Review. He served as a deputy

internal auditor for the Secretary of State’s Department of

Internal Audit and joined the state staff as a budget liaison

to the chief of staff.

La Margo began his government career serving as a

budget analyst for the Cook County Bureau of Finance

Department of Budget and Management Services.

He then served as deputy director of the Cook County

Clerk’s Department of Tax and Real Estate before

leaving in 1999 to join the Secretary of State.

La Margo completed the Leading, Educating and

Development Program at the University of Virginia’s

Darden School of Business. He holds a Master of Arts

Degree in organizational leadership and public policy

from Lewis University and a Bachelor’s of Business

Administration with a concentration in economics from

the School of Business at Loyola University. He is a

graduate of Marist High School in Chicago.

He is a member of the International City/County

Managers Association; the Illinois City/County

Managers’ Association; the Illinois Association of

Municipal Management Assistants and the South

Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

La Margo’s civic involvement includes serving on the

Orland School District 135 School Board, including

serving as the board president. He is a founding

member of the South Suburban Anti-Bullying Coalition

and served with the Illinois Secretary of State Audit

Advisory Group.

La Margo has lived in Orland Park for almost 20

years. He and his wife, Melissa, have four children.

NEWLY APPOINTED VILLAGE MANAGER – JOE LA MARGO

GETTING

TOKNOW

JOE LA MARGO

VILLAGE MANAGER

JLAMARGO@ORLANDPARK.ORG

708-403-6134