Mark Franz has been the Glen Ellyn Village Manager since 2011. Franz holds more than 27 years of municipal experience and was the 2015 Illinois City Manager Association (ILCMA) President. He previously worked as Village Manager in Homewood for eight years, in addition to serving the City of Evanston and Village of Northbrook earlier in his career. He is a graduate of Indiana University and received an MPA from Northern Illinois University. He is the current chair of the ILCMA Committee on Professional Conduct.
Assistant Village Manager
Emily Rodman joined the Village of Glen Ellyn in 2020 after serving as the Assistant Village Manager in La Grange Park for nine years. Prior to that, Rodman spent eight years at the Village of Woodridge as Senior Planner and Planner. Rodman has more than 19 years of experience in local government and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and International Business. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. As a resident of Glen Ellyn, she was drawn to working for the Village in order to make an impact on the community in which she lives. Rodman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association (APA), the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA), the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (IAMMA), and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The Assistant Village Manager participates in directly overseeing Community Development, Economic Development, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, Senior Services and Village Communications.
Chief of Police
Chief Norton began his career as a patrol officer in Glen Ellyn in 1986. He has served as Juvenile Officer, Sergeant, Acting Director of Public Works, and Deputy Chief before being promoted to Chief of Police in 2001. An active member of the Glen Ellyn Rotary, Norton has also volunteered at PADS, Meals on Wheels, and many other civic organizations, often as an Emcee for special events. Norton received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from National Lewis University, attended Police Staff & Command training at Northwestern University, and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He is currently the longest serving member of the DuPage Public Safety Communications Executive Board, and belongs to the DuPage Chiefs of Police Association, FBI National Academy Associates, Illinois Chiefs of Police Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and is the longest serving member and Chairperson of Glen Ellyn 4th of July Committee.
Public Works Director
Dave Buckley has been the Public Works Director since June 2021, having served Glen Ellyn since 1990. His career with the Village began at the Village Links where he served in a variety of capacities including Grounds Crew, Senior Grounds Supervisor, and Golf Course Co-Superintendent. In 2007, he transitioned to the role of Assistant Public Works Director. During his 14 years serving as Assistant Public Works Director, he oversaw the restructuring of the Operations Division at Public Works, as well as the creation of the Utilities and Street/Forestry Divisions. Among other duties at Public Works, he successfully managed snow removal operations and salt purchasing for over 14 winters. Buckley also directed the implementation and continued administration of a work and asset management software, allowing Public Works to increase levels of service and improve department functionality and efficiencies.
Director of Information Technology
Justin Chiappetta has served Glen Ellyn as its Director of Information Technology since 2019, originally being drawn to the Village thanks to the charm of its Downtown area and the opportunity to further develop the IT Department. With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University, Justin has spent the entirety of his 18-year career working in municipal government, having previously worked for the City of Rolling Meadows, the City of Geneva, and the City of Naperville. Justin now oversees the IT Department, working to identify, implement and support applications and systems that enhance service delivery, enable employee productivity and utilize technology to further the Village's goals.
Human Resources Director
Kathryn Vonachen came to Glen Ellyn in 2022 after serving as the Human Resource Director for the Village of Oakbrook. With more than 14 years of municipal and human resource experience, she has also served in roles as deputy clerk and payroll coordinator. Vonachen received a Human Resource Management Certificate from College of DuPage and studied Business Management and Accounting at Illinois Central College. She manages all aspects of the Human Resources Department including administration of employee benefits, policy development, recruiting, interviews, onboarding, union negotiation, employee relations, employee growth and training, and other functions.
General Manager – Village Links & Reserve 22
With a passion for the game from an early age, Jeff feels fortunate to be able to work in an industry that he truly enjoys. As a PGA Professional for over 34 years, his life’s work has been to help players improve their skills while enjoying quality time with family and friends on the golf course. Since becoming General Manager in 2015, his role has also given him the opportunity to help people enjoy a great meal with family and friends and celebrate life’s important events. Being a part of the Glen Ellyn community for 28 years, Jeff looks forward to the continued success and excitement that Village Links and Reserve 22 offer the community.