The City of Champaign has a council-manager form of government. The City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of the City, serving on behalf of the nine City Council Members to provide leadership, carry out the City’s policies, manage operations, and ensure that the city’s citizens are being served.
The City Manager’s Office provides professional management and oversight of all City activities to ensure that City policies, services, and programs are consistent with the City’s mission, values and City Council direction. Additionally, this office is responsible for the quality and consistency of communications with citizens. To view the City’s commitment statement and Public Communications Plan, click here.
The Community Relations Office serves as a liaison between the City Manager’s Office and the community. Community Relations helps to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens through public information, education, and enforcement of the City’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunity in Purchasing ordinances.
The Community Relations Office also provides staff support for the Human Relations Commission.
City Manager’s Office Staff
Dorothy Ann David became City Manager in March 2013. In addition to her responsibilities for City Council, citizens, and City staff, she is also the City’s liaison with other governmental units, the University of Illinois, and private-public groups.
Dorothy served as Assistant City Manager for Champaign from October 2007 through March 2013, when City Council appointed her City Manager.
Her previous experience includes: working as the Neighborhood Services Director in Champaign from September 1994 to October 2007; acting as Community and Neighborhood Services Director in Muskegon, Michigan for two years; serving as Community Development Program Manager in Kansas City, Kansas for four years.
Dorothy holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
She earned the title of ICMA Credentialed Manager in the International City/County Management Association program in 2011, and became a Leadership ICMA Graduate in 2008, after going through a competitive two-year ICMA University professional development program.
Some of her other affiliations, past and present, include: Downstate Illinois City Managers, Big Ten City Managers Network, Champaign Police Pension Board, and United Way of Champaign County.
Craig Rost serves as one of two Deputy City Managers under Dorothy David. He also assists with managing the City’s Economic Development programs and coordinates other development related activities between City departments.
Joan Walls serves as one of two Deputy City Managers under Dorothy David. She also manages the Community Relations Office (CRO), serving as a link between the City Manager’s Office and the community. The CRO ensures equal opportunity and fair treatment for all citizens through public information, education and enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and Equal Opportunity and Purchasing Ordinance.
Jason Hood joined the City of Champaign in July of 2012. He became Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer in October of 2013. In addition, he is the appointed ADA Compliance Coordinator for the City of Champaign.
Jason holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, an MBA from Millikin University Tabor School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wabash College.
His current affiliations include the Society for Human Resources Management, the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, and the National Black MBA Association.