Oak Park has announced that Rasheda Jackson will be the new Assistant Village Attorney. She will assume her duties at Village Hall on Monday, June 13, according to Village Manager Cara Pavlicek.
Jackson is an Oak Park resident with experience in civil rights litigation and a wide range of property and municipal code actions. Prior to joining the Village Law Department, Jackson was an associate with Shiller Preyar, a Chicago law firm with services that include local government administration, according to a news release from the Village.
“Having someone with Rasheda’s experience on staff will enhance the services the Law Department provides to the Village Manager and administrative staff, as well as to the Village Board,” said Village Attorney Paul L. Stephanides. “A second staff attorney is essential to the timely completion of important Village business that must occur within the strict parameters defined by local, state and federal law.”
The Assistant Village Attorney is responsible for land use, zoning, real estate, and violation defense. Jackson’s experience at Shiller Preyar with local government administration will serve her well as a qualified candidate for the position.
“I am very excited about my new role with the Village of Oak Park, which also is my family’s home,” Jackson said. “I am looking forward to this opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience with matters that directly affect not only residents but also the business owners, organizations, and activists who are essential to the vitality of our community.”
In addition to Jackson’s local government administration duties, she will also serve as in-house counsel to administrative staff and the Village Board. The Village Law Department staff also prepares and reviews all legal documents and ordinances, enforces the municipal code and defends the Village from lawsuits, according to the news release.