Rachel Skaggs has over 10 years of experience in local government management, including the Village of Montgomery, Village of Schaumburg and the City of Princeton, Illinois. She has managed substantial capital and general budgets, developed utility policies, improved economic development initiatives, and handled multiple human resources functions.
Rachel is a native of Walnut, IL and a graduate of Bureau Valley High School. She possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.
Rachel served as the City Manager for Princeton, Illinois from 2015 – 2019. Princeton is an active City located two hours west of Chicago on Interstate 80. Princeton is unique in that it provides all their own city services including electric, water, sewer, garbage and a city-owned hospital (one of two left in the State of Illinois). For a town of 7,600 people the City has a budget of over $25 million. The community is known for its significant historic buildings, with two downtown districts recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. During Rachel’s tenure for the City of Princeton she has completed numerous projects, including creating policies, developing operating and capital budgets, streamlining operations, conducting RPF’s, refinancing debt, negotiating union contracts, and many more tasks.
Prior to her time with the City of Princeton, Rachel served as the management analyst for the Village of Schaumburg (2012 – 2015) and for the Village of Montgomery (2009 – 2012). During her time as management analyst she was responsible for human resources, capital improvement planning, budgets, special events, and community outreach.