FALL WINTER 2017
FALL WINTER 2017
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
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
JOE LA MARGO