The Village of Lombard named Scott Niehaus its next village manager effective Jan. 21. He currently is village manager of Tinley Park, where he has served since 2003.
Niehaus, who grew up in Elmhurst, said the position will allow him to “come home” to his DuPage County roots and be closer to family and friends. His parents live in Lombard.
“I look forward to working under the direction of the Village Board to address the stated goals of the village including continued economic development efforts, improved communication with the public, the development of staff and a resolution on the future of the Westin Hotel property,” Niehaus, 42, said in a prepared statement.
As village manager of Tinley Park, Niehaus oversaw the expansion of the Tinley Park Convention Center, directed the redevelopment and construction of two Metra stations and helped implement neighborhood drainage improvement programs and the construction of a regional detention facility that resulted in the removal of more than 1,000 homes from the FEMA Regulatory Flood Plain.
Niehaus also helped the village maintain a balanced budget without any layoffs and supervised economic development, including negotiations for large retail and big box development. He helped develop a fiscal policy document that enabled Tinley Park to obtain a bond rating upgrade to AA+ during the recent recession.
Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio said the board was impressed by Niehaus’ qualifications and 10 years of experience as a village manager.
“This is an exciting time in Lombard,” Giagnorio said. “The Village Board is looking forward to working with Mr. Niehaus in 2014 and beyond.”
The board is set to take action on Niehaus’ employment contract at its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 5.
Niehaus has a master of public administration from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from Augustana College, Rock Island. His salary will be $165,000.
Lombard’s previous Village Manager David Hulseberg announced his retirement in June. He served since 2008.