Dean Frieders serves as Village Manager for the Village of Pingree Grove. Dean is a licensed attorney who has practiced municipal law in Northern Illinois for over 15 years, bringing with him a wealth of operational experience in communities ranging in size from as small as 50 residents, to over a quarter of a million residents. With a diverse background including service in multiple units of government in a variety of roles from firefighter to manager, Dean blends a uniquely practical, hands-on set of skills with a balanced, professional mindset. Having worked both in government and in private enterprise, he works to ensure that the Village meets its governmental obligations while also operating efficiently and productively.
As Manager, Dean works to make policy recommendations to the Village Board and to provide supporting information so that the Board can come to informed conclusions after evaluating all options available to address a given circumstance or question. With a professional background including years of teaching negotiation, conflict resolution and mediation, Dean works to ensure that the Board’s directives are based on well-explained and fully-understood background material—and then works to enforce the policies and actions of the Board on a day-to-day basis.
Dean’s professional background includes extensive experience with project management, construction and real estate development, including annexation and development agreements for tens of thousands of acres, tens of thousands of homes, and millions of square feet of industrial, commercial and retail space. His book on sustainable development was published by the American Bar Association, and he brings this experience to bear on behalf of the Village in soliciting and supporting the growth of commercial and retail development within the Village.
The Village Manager is also responsible for overseeing the Village’s administrative and record-keeping activities, including utility billing, customer service, and public interactions. The Manager also serves as the Village’s primary Public Information Officer.