The Mayor and City Council completed an extensive national search and spoke with many qualified candidates to ensure that the City of Hazelwood has a senior staff member dedicated to and highly qualified to oversee its day-to-day operations.
“The city council has done a terrific job throughout this search process and has chosen a candidate who has the right qualifications and experience to be our next city manager,” said Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood. “I am confident that working with Mr. Zimmerman and our city staff, we will continue to find new ways to serve our residents and businesses and ensure the high quality of service they expect from our city government.”
Mr. Zimmerman comes to Hazelwood with more than 30 years of local government experience. Most recently, Mr. Zimmerman has served as City Manager of the City of Emporia, Kansas, since 2007. Prior to his current position, he spent four years as City Administrator in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
He has extensive experience in economic development, finance and public works. As City Manager in Emporia, Mr. Zimmerman is responsible for supervising the operations of a full-service city with more than 200 full-time employees and managing a budget of approximately $44 million. During his tenure, he has helped improve the city’s financial outlook, guided the city through its response to facility closures by major manufacturers and created strategies that attracted new businesses and jobs.
Mr. Zimmerman has served various northern Illinois communities, as well as in the Chicago area, since 1982. Some of these communities include Manhattan, Elburn, Roselle, and Glen Ellyn. He holds a M.A. in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. from Quincy College.
“I am looking forward to working closely with Hazelwood’s elected officials and staff to maintain and improve local services for our citizens,” said Matthew Zimmerman. “Hazelwood has tremendous potential to increase its economic development assets and I believe my past experience will help the city realize the benefits of Hazelwood’s great location and economic base. My wife and I are very excited about joining the Hazelwood community. It’s already clear to us that Hazelwood is a great place to live and work.”
Welcome Mr. Zimmerman to the City of Hazelwood!