Riccardo F. Ginex has over forty-four years of municipal experience, both as a Village Manager and Police Chief. From 2014 – 2021 he served as the Village Manager in Oak Brook, Illinois. Oak Brook is an affluent community with several commercial and retail districts and is home to Oakbrook Center, an upscale, outdoor regional shopping mall. During his tenure there he was instrumental in providing oversight with several multi-million dollar developments which included Rush Medical’s suburban facility, the Hyatt House Hotel, the Restoration Hardware development, the Lifetime Fitness development, and Senior Lifestyle’s 200-unit development of independent, assisted living and memory care. More importantly, when the McDonald’s Corporation relocated from Oak Brook to Chicago, he worked with the Hines Development Corporation in bringing the first multi-residential and commercial planned development project for the 17.5 acre McDonald’s Plaza. Additionally, he worked with JPD Oak Brook Holdings on their purchase and development of the Oak Brook Reserve, formerly the McDonald’s Campus 80-acre property. As a result of his strong negotiating skills, he successfully worked with three collective bargaining units, prevailing in a federal grievance arbitration award. He takes great pride in his ability to cultivate a respectful work environment that encourages participation and values input.
From 2005 – 2014, he served as the Village Manager in Brookfield. During his time there, he obtained over $12 million in Federal Funding since for infrastructure improvements, oversaw the implementation of two TIF Districts, successfully secured over $7 million in bonds for Water and Sewer and Street reconstruction and implemented a Non-Home Rule Sales Tax increasing annual revenue significantly. He successfully negotiated five different bargaining unit contracts multiple times. His honest and forthright approach during those negotiations resulted in the decertification of one of the bargaining units. He prevailed in winning two federal grievance arbitration awards during his time there.
From 1977 – 2005, he spent twenty-eight years with the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois. While in Downers Grove, he rose through the ranks and was appointed Police Chief in February 2000. In 2001, he assumed the role of Acting Village Manager along with his duties as Police Chief until being named Village Manager in August of 2001. He was instrumental in the development of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage, where he served as their Program Coordinator and then Director. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Program at the College of DuPage. Presently, he is one of the longest serving members of the Academy’s Advisory Council.
Mr. Ginex holds a Master’s Degree in Management from National-Louis University and a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from the Northwestern Traffic Institute.
Professional Education, Training and Instruction
- ICMA Credentialed Manager
- Master in Management degree, National-Louis University
- Bachelor in Criminal Justice degree, Lewis University
- FBI National Academy, 176th Session
- School of Police Staff and Command, 28th Class, Northwestern Traffic Institute
- Advanced Achievement Leadership, Bell Leadership Program, Raleigh, NC
Memberships and Affiliations
- International City Manager’s Association
- Illinois City Manager’s Association
- Life Member International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association
- FBI National Academy Associates
- Northwestern Traffic Institute Alumni
- Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Council
- Former Board Member, DuPage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
- Former Chairman, Intergovernmental Committee West Central Municipal Conference