Senior Vice President
Lee Szymborski is a Senior Vice President with GovHR USA, working on both executive search and general management consulting assignments. He has more than 33 years of experience in local government administration.
Mr. Szymborski’s experience spans both Wisconsin and Illinois communities. Mr. Szymborski served more than 15 years as City Administrator in Mequon, Wisconsin. Mequon is a full service city with $30 million in combined budgets, and more than 170 employees serving 23,000 residents. In addition to his Wisconsin service in Mequon, he also worked for the City of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee County. In Illinois, he served for 12 years as Assistant Village Manager in Buffalo Grove.
Mr. Szymborski’s track record points to a results-oriented approach to municipal government management. That is demonstrated by his work including the purchase of a $14 M private water utility that has seen its customer base increase under city ownership (Mequon); reorganizing city departments and reducing workforce costs in an organizationally sensitive manner (Mequon); spearheading a 10- community oversight committee to secure the startup of commuter rail service (Metra) on the WI Central railway (Buffalo Grove); and re-purposing TIF funds to provide incentives that secured a $16 M mixed-use development in Mequon’s Town Center. He is additionally skilled in budgeting, personnel administration, community engagement efforts and strategic planning.
Mr. Szymborski’s experience in recruiting key staff extends back to his management roles in both Buffalo Grove and Mequon. In Buffalo Grove, he handled for the Village Manager all aspects of recruiting the management team. During his time in Mequon, Mr. Szymborski recruited all members of the City’s management team.
Since joining GovHR USA in 2014, Mr. Szymborski has assisted or managed more than 30 executive searches for communities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Massachusetts, as well as non-profit agencies including the International City/County Management Association. His recent searches include Administrator and department head positions for the Wisconsin communities of Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, Cedarburg (Town), Middleton, and Beloit (Town). His work for Illinois municipalities include, among others, East Peoria, Washington and DeKalb. He has also managed local government searches in Missouri and Massachusetts. He has done management studies for several Wisconsin and Illinois communities and has facilitated strategic planning retreats and written plans for the City of Eau Claire and the Wisconsin City/County Management Association. He has also been part of GovHR USA’s classification and compensation studies in several Wisconsin and Illinois communities.
Mr. Szymborski has published articles in Public Management magazine, and is an adjunct instructor at Upper Iowa University – Milwaukee Center. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.S. in Urban Affairs, both from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is an active member of the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club, and is a past-president of the club. Mr. Szymborski serves on the Board of Directors for the Mequon Nature Preserve. He is a recipient of the Mequon – Thiensville Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also served in leadership roles with the International City/County Management Association, the Wisconsin City/County Management Association, the Illinois City/County Management Association and the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (past-president).