WRB, LLC is a regional public management consulting and management services firm providing support to local units of government, regional organizations and special service agencies.  Over the past 7 years, the Firm has been retained by over fifty jurisdictions in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will and Kane Counties, Illinois to provide various management services and studies, meeting specific needs of its clients.

 The Firm’s emphasis is broken into four broad based categories which include:

  1. Organizational analysis and development, including major work in collaboration.
  2. Direct management services including Interim Director and Village Manager.
  3. Municipal operating systems development and deployment, including outsourcing.
  4. Special research consulting including development issues.

William Balling is a career Village Manager serving Illinois communities, having served as Buffalo Grove’s Chief Administrative Officer for 29 years.  For the past seven years, Balling has been the Managing Director of WRB, LLC Consulting and Services, providing management and advisory services to cities, villages and intergovernmental agencies in metropolitan Chicago.  In addition to permanent management assignments, William Balling has experience with Interim Administrator assignments, having been appointed as Interim City Administrator in Highwood, Illinois in 2008, and in Kildeer, Illinois in 2009, and finishing the Clarendon Hills Village Manager assignment in March, 2011.  The Highwood engagement was modeled after WRB, LLC’s Goal Directed Interim Management Program.  The Highwood engagement included both interim management and a comprehensive organizational study which led to the establishment of Council/Manager Government in the City.  The Kildeer and Clarendon Hills engagements did not call for a reorganization study, however both assignments required an organizational diagnostic assessment.  This assessment was a comprehensive overview of the entire municipal organization, addressing and correcting areas in need of improvement and providing the municipality with a closing report useful to the Village Board and their permanent Village Manager.  The 2010 Interim Fire Chief Assignment in Lombard produced an overall department service assessment leading to new approaches on delivery of core services for that department.  The 2011-12 Elk Grove Village Interim Fire Chief assignment produced similar results and settled a labor agreement.

The Firm has been in practice since May of 2006 and has worked with Illinois  municipalities and regional agencies in addressing unique operating problems and issues.  A major current project underway for the Firm is serving as Project Manager for the Service Delivery Task Force of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and identifying where service collaboration and consolidation may play an important role in redefining the cost structure of cities and villages. The Village of Barrington has retained WRB,LLC to resize its Fire Department in response to a restructuring of its overall service area and projected call demands.

One of the strengths of WRB, LLC is the ability to assemble specific professionals to address the unique aspects of our assignments so as to create an outstanding and successful client experience.  The results of this structure are to engage only the skills specifically needed for completion of the assignment to reduce our operating cost structure for the benefit of our clients.  This approach is possible due to the far reaching network of the Managing Director, William Balling, within the Illinois local governmental community.  The Firm will seek the input of Associates who will be engaged as needed for specialized work, all under the direction of William Balling.  The Firm’s contact information is:


William R. Balling

WRB, LLC Consulting and Management Services

412 So. Prindle Ave.

Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

Office: 847-398-8399

Mobile:  847-863-7101

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