Jeff Cook serves as Village Manager for the Village of Pingree Grove. Jeff joined the Village in December 2020 after nearly two decades experience managing development for a high growth community in the Chicago metropolitan area. During his career, Jeff was involved in the annexation and development of over 3,000 acres of property, including more than 3,300 new residential lots, and 2.4 million square feet of commercial space. He is experienced with many capital infrastructure projects ranging from bike trails to roadways, creek restoration to water towers, municipal buildings to wastewater treatment facilities, and various other specialized improvements. Jeff has also worked closely in financial planning, budget administration, communications, public works, and public safety matters. Through these experiences, Jeff developed a keen sense for balancing both efficient and effective public services.
As Manager, Jeff supports the elected officials to identify opportunities that can transform community aspirations into reality. This process is supported by Jeff’s interest in listening to sometimes divergent opinions in an objective and balanced manner, while working to ensure each has the opportunity to gain a 360-degree view of the matter at hand. He blends these high-level policy discussions and directives into the day-to-day functions of the Village staff to deliver public services and plan for the future needs of Pingree Grove. The Village Manager is also charged with overseeing the Village’s administrative record-keeping activities and serves as the Village’s primary Public Information Officer.
Jeff is a Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) by the International City/County Management Association and was admitted to the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate / Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Illinois. As part of his commitment to continuing education, he also earned certificates in Governmental and Organizational Governance & Performance, and Community & Economic Development from Northern Illinois University. Jeff remains active in various professional organizations, previously participating in planning topics for DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development and the Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL). He also served on the Illinois City Management Association’s (ILCMA) Professional Development Committee and presently serves on the ILCMA Professional Conduct Committee. In 2020, Jeff’s work was recognized by the APA-IL through their prestigious Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.