Alderman and Mayor Vetting Process

Step 1

A list will be generated from candidates who self-identify or have completed a Caucus “Volunteer Profile Sheet” (VPS) online, or are recommended by Caucus members, City Council, City Officials, former City Office holders or other interested citizens.

Step 2

Phone contact will be made with each potential candidate to validate level of interest and availability to provide a high level of service to the community.   Candidate must be a Lake Forest registered voter and a resident residing in town for no less than 10 months of the year.

Step 3

Validate that candidates have served the City of Lake Forest in an appropriate capacity (e.g. for the Mayor, completed service to the city on one of five main boards/committees or actively served on a major city project board such as Forest Park, Market Square or other similar large scope projects).  Candidates must have also served on Lake Forest City Council for at least 1 term.

Step 4

A candidate list will be reviewed with the current Mayor and other collaterals to get input on each candidate’s level of effectiveness in historically working collaboratively with city employees and elected officials.

Step 5

An informal interview will be conducted to determine the candidates understanding of city operations, important issues facing our city, to assess leadership skills effectiveness and gain better insight into a candidate’s solutions to important issues.

Step 6

Dates will be set for candidates to schedule a 50-minute interview with a Search Committee at a convenient location in the city.

Step 7

A list of qualified candidates will be reviewed and vetted by the Search Committee in preparation for interviews by the full Caucus.  Three to Five candidates will be scheduled for interviews.

Step 8

This final list of candidates will be interviewed by the full Caucus Committee in October.  Following the interviews, the Caucus Committee will deliberate and vote on the final candidate to be backed by the Lake Forest Caucus to run in the municipal elections typically in April of that year.

Step 9

In mid-November, an Alderman or Mayoral Candidate will be introduced to the public at the Caucus Annual Meeting.