Managing Director

William (Bill) Balling has extensive professional management experience in Municipal Government. For over 29 years he served as Buffalo Grove’s Village Manager and throughout that period guided growth in the Village to three times its original size.

Regional government service has also been an important part of Bill’s career and he has served in policy executive leadership capacities as Chairman of the Northwest Water Commission serving 250,000 customers, Director and past Chairman for Northwest Central Dispatch serving 400,000 customers with emergency telecommunications, and as Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, serving 700,000 customers with refuse disposal.

William (Bill) R. Balling

William (Bill) R. Balling

Throughout his municipal career, Bill has been the recipient of several recognitions and awards including:

  • The Illinois City Management Leadership Award in Regional Government (1999),
  • The Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants’ Outstanding Manager’s Award (2002-2003), and
  •  Special Service Recognitions in 2002  from the Illinois Senate, the Illinois House of Representatives and the Chairmen of the Boards for Cook County and Lake County government.

Bill is a life member of ICMA and maintains his membership with ILCMA, chairing from 2006-2009 the State Member Services Committee. He is the 2006 recipient of the ILCMA Robert B. Morris Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bill has also been recognized twice as Rotarian of the Year and in 2000, was named Buffalo Grove Rotarian of the Decade, also receiving the Outstanding Citizen Award in 2002. Bill is also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International. He has participated for the past six years in a Rotary District mission to eastern Guatemala.

Since 2006 Bill has been the Managing Director of WRB, LLC Consulting, a management services and consulting firm for Cities and Villages. WRB, LLC specializes in organizational analysis and development, interim management services, municipal operating systems development and deployment, and special research consulting.

Through 2013, the firm has directly served 44 municipal clients and 4 regional agencies ranging in size from 4-50 members each. In additional the firm has developed a long term relationship with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and supports either directly or indirectly the interests of all 239 municipalities served by this organization. The client geographic distribution includes:

  • Lake County, 22 municipalities,
  • North Cook County, 8 municipalities and 4 agencies,
  • West Cook County, 4 municipalities and 1 Fire District,
  • Southwest Cook County,  6 municipalities,
  • Kane County, 3 municipalities,
  • DuPage County 2 municipalities and 1 Agency, and
  • Will County, 2 municipalities.

In addition, Bill served for three years as a co-chairman of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning during the creation of the GoTo 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan and continues to chair the Committee on critical infrastructure for the Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus. He also serves as a Bank Director for Northbrook Bank and Trust. These positions provide Bill with a unique perspective on the complex interrelationships of the Chicago business and governmental agendas.

Bill Balling received his Liberal Arts degree from Elmhurst College and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in municipal management.

In 2002-03 Bill attended and was certified in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He maintains his professional Credentialing status through the International City and County Management Association (ICMA).