EVANSTON, IL — After last week's final interviews with panels of Evanston residents and representatives from local business and nonprofits, a local community group has endorsed one of two finalists for the job of city manager.
Community Alliance for a Better Government, or CABG, issued a statement Tuesday endorsing Daniel Ramos to become chief municipal executive in Evanston. Ramos is the deputy city administrator and deputy chief of staff to the mayor in Baltimore. The other finalist for the position is Sacramento Assistant City Manager Michael Jasso.
"Mr. Ramos best represents CABG’s values of transparency, responsiveness to the public and commitment to racial and social equity, combined with a strong background in city budgeting, finance and administration," according to the group's statement.
The grassroots group'scited Ramos' demonstrated commitment to finding equitable solutions to issues such as housing, transportation and public safety.
"While I may be young, I'm definitely battle-tested," Ramos said during a remoteearlier this month.
"I was in the emergency operations center during Freddy Gray, during the  Baltimore uprising, I managed the state's emergency shelters during the largest snowstorm in Maryland history and I've taken a lead during COVID," he said. "I've continued to progress my career and move up in responsibility under four different mayors."
The CABG statement also praised Ramos' track record of involving residents early in the budgeting process.
"While we recognize the talents and experience of the other finalist, we do not feel his commitment to, and proven experience in, racial equity and economic justice is as thoroughly integrated into his policy priorities as it is for Mr. Ramos," it said. "We also feel that Mr. Ramos’ commitment to addressing racialized poverty will be useful in a community where such issues have often been overlooked or minimized by city leaders."
The City Council met in aFriday afternoon to discuss the key personnel decision.
Ald. Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, said last month she plans to resign, effective Jan. 31, after voting on the next city manager. Fleming was absent, along with Ald. Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, and Ald. Melissa Wynne, 3th Ward, as the council convened into executive session last week for deliberations.
The City Council is next scheduled to meet on Monday.