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.
Joan Walls began with the City of Champaign in 2000. Her previous roles have been the Assistant to the Chief of Police for Community Services/Public Information Officer and Deputy City Manager for Community Relations. Currently she serves as the Deputy City Manager under City Manager Dorothy David.
In this role, Ms. Walls is one of two Deputy City Managers who assist in the day-to-day administration of City government, and in the planning and execution of programs and projects for accomplishing City goals and objectives, which are set by the City Council and City Manager.
Under the direction of the City Manager, Ms. Walls performs a variety of professional administrative tasks in assisting with the management of affairs at the City of Champaign, including: directing, coordinating, and evaluating the operations of assigned City departments, and fostering cooperative relationships with community and civic groups, in addition to intergovernmental agencies and City staff.
Ms. Walls holds a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University.
Ms. Walls aids in overseeing the following departments:
- City Manager’s Office Administration
- Community Relations
- Human Resources
- Neighborhood Services Department
- Police Department
- Public Information and Communications
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.
Elliott Nelson joined the City of Champaign in October of 2013 and serves as the Assistant to the City Manager. Prior to moving to Illinois, Elliott worked in a similar position for the City of Watertown, NY for three years.
Elliott holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History from Central Michigan University. Elliott’s affiliations include the International City Manager’s Association and the Illinois City Manager’s Association.