Naperville’s chief lawyer takes new job

Naperville city attorney Margo Ely, center, listens as lawyers voice their concerns during a Referendum Objection Meeting in Naperville's City Council Chambers about the smart meters getting put on the ballot in March on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Naperville city attorney Margo Ely, center, listens as lawyers voice their concerns during a Referendum Objection Meeting in Naperville's City Council Chambers about the smart meters getting put on the ballot in March on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Naperville’s top attorney, who also functions as its HR director, is moving on — but staying near her expertise.

Director of Legal, Human Resources and Risk Management Margo Ely is ending a decade of work for the city to take a new position as executive director of the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency, based in Westchester.

“It’s a risk pool of 70 municipalities that represents and defends them,” Ely said.

Mayor A. George Pradel said Tuesday evening was the last of more than 200 City Council meetings Ely has attended since she joined the city staff.

“The irony of her last meeting falling on April Fool’s Day has not been lost on me, but she has assured me that she will not be here for the meeting on April 15,” Pradel said.

Acknowledging a standing ovation from the council and employees who were there, Ely said she would, “believe it or not,” miss the council meetings.

She said she’ll miss her fellow city employees, calling them some of the most skilled professionals with whom she has worked.

“The people that work here” are what she will miss, Ely said. “They’re really smart, and they’re really great to work with.”

Information about the approach and timing for selecting Ely’s successor was not immediately available.

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