Village Board Selects New Manager

The Wilmette Village Board is proud to announce the appointment of Assistant Village Manager Michael N. Braiman to serve as Wilmette’s next Village Manager.  Mr. Braiman will succeed current Village Manager Tim Frenzer, who will be retiring in February 2020.  The Village Board will officially approve the appointment at a meeting in early 2020.

Mr. Braiman has a long history with the Village of Wilmette serving in various roles, including providing strong leadership as the Assistant Village Manger for the last six years. Earlier in his career, he worked for Wilmette as the Assistant to the Village Manager.

He also served as Assistant Village Administrator for River Forest, IL, and as a Management Analyst for the Village of Lincolnwood, IL. Mr. Braiman has more than 15 years local government management experience. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University.

As Assistant Village Manager in Wilmette, Mr. Braiman is responsible for managing the Village’s $100 million annual budget development process, currently serves as the Human Resources Director for more than 200 employees, oversees the Village’s procurement process, and is intimately involved in all aspects of the Village’s day-to-day operations. He also helps lead strategic initiatives, including economic development, communications and transparency, and developing and implementing the Village Board’s strategic vision.

Mr. Braiman has played a key role in executing a number of Village initiatives over the past six years, which have helped the Village achieve its mission of delivering effective leadership, fiscal responsibility and efficient and effective governance.

Specific examples include:

  • A compensation study that helped to attract and retain top talent while reducing annual personnel costs
  • A new solid waste contract that saved the community more than $3 million while adding valued new services, such as curbside composting and electronics recycling
  • A Capital Equipment Replacement fund to ensure the timely replacement of emergency vehicles and equipment without the need for property tax increases
  • Utilization of social media to better engage with the community and enhance the Village’s transparency efforts.

“The Village Board identified succession planning and retention of top talent as strategic priorities in order to ensure that the Village continued to maintain its solid track record of delivering exceptional services to residents,” said Wilmette Village President Bob Bielinski.  “Mr. Braiman has demonstrated his leadership and readiness to manage the Village’s planning, budgeting and operations. The Village Board is very confident in his abilities and expect him to continue Wilmette’s tradition of exceptional Village Managers.”

“I am honored to have been selected as the next Village Manager for the Village of Wilmette. I look forward to working with our elected officials, dedicated staff, residents, and business owners to ensure that Wilmette remains a vibrant community and great place to live,” said Mr. Braiman.

Mike and his wife Jessica reside in Northbrook along with their two children, a 3 year-old son Brody and one year-old daughter Tessa.