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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Village Administrator Kathleen Rush Retires, Leaving Legacy of Service Behind

Village of Woodridge, Illinois - Friday, January 13th, will mark the last day that Kathleen Rush will serve as Village Administrator for the Village of Woodridge. Ms. Rush, known as “Katy” to her peers, started working for the Village in 1985 as an Administrative Assistant. Her abilities led to her ascending to Assistant Village Administrator 1988, a position that she held until 1997.

After eleven years serving the Village of Riverside, Katy was drawn back to the Village in 2009 and was hired as the Village Administrator. She retires with over twenty years of service to the Village of Woodridge and nearly thirty-five in the profession of local government.

Her passion and dedication to the community was not limited to the duties of her job. In fact, Katy was a participant in many community organizations and events. She continues to work tirelessly to support her community. This includes being a member of the Woodridge Rotary Club since 2009, and serving as its President in 2015. As an Event Coordinator for the Club’s annual Recycling Extravaganza, she helped arrange a myriad of organizations to accept items for recycling. The event has kept many tons of material out of Illinois landfills.

She has been a constant advocate for the community, adding energy and enthusiasm to the many community events she is a part of – including the annual Mini Triathlon where she helped ensure a safely run event. Her effort was not limited to the hard work of logistics, however. On the day of the event, Katy could be found in a reflective vest, directing traffic and cheering on participants in the race.

Katy has devoted much of her life to contributing to organizations she believes in. This includes her membership in the Women in Local Government Legacy Project, where she supports many efforts of the group as they seek to attract, mentor, and retain women in local government.

She has also served as the President of the Illinois City/County Manager’s Association, President of the Illinois Municipal Management Assistants Association, and Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency. Ms. Rush also presently serves as a Board member for the DuPage Credit Union and on the Board of Directors for the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform. Recently, she completed a term on the Board of Advisor’s for the Northern Illinois University division of Public Administration. She was also selected as Administrator of the Year in 2014 by the American society for Public Administration. In 2015, she was awarded the Illinois City County Management Association Special Service Award in recognition of her significant professional service and notable accomplishments in the community.

Through her efforts as Village Administrator, leadership positions in professional and community organizations, as well as personal efforts she has undertaken, Katy has contributed much over her career, which includes paying it forward with the mentoring of many young professionals. When asked what the highlight of her career has been, she replied “the opportunity to mentor young people. I've had the opportunity to watch over a dozen people that I've worked with go on to become city managers. Having those folks out there doing good things, and knowing that I had an opportunity to help them has been very rewarding.”

The Woodridge community wishes Katy congratulations on her retirement and remains forever in her debt for the tremendous contributions she has made to society and to the profession of local government.
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