President’s Letter


The City of Lake Forest encourages dedicated and civic-minded residents to participate in their local government.  For 83 years, the city has been well served by nearly 105 non-partisan citizen volunteers serving on city council, two school boards and 20 other boards, commissions and committees.  All serve within specific term limits and without compensation to help make Lake Forest one of the finest places to live in the country.

The Lake Forest Caucus is made up of all Lake Forest registered voters who annually elect members to serve on the Lake Forest Caucus Committee as their representatives.  The Caucus Committee is made up of 43 volunteers chosen equally from the city’s four wards to serve a 3-year term.   The Caucus Committee operates independently and without the influence of outside special interest groups to identify, interview, vet and nominate citizens to city council or to Lake Forest voters.  The Caucus Committee seeks citizens willing to serve the long-term best interests of Lake Forest without personal agendas.

The Caucus Committee looks for people with the right experience to service on city council, school boards and the many city boards and commissions.  Desired individual attributes include: being objective, collaborative, a good listener, a consensus builder, being results orientated and be friendly and approachable.  A key additional consideration is given to how well the individual will be able to work with city staff and city leaders as required to get things done.

Please consider serving in one of the nearly 150 volunteer positions and complete a “Volunteer Profile Sheet” (VPS) to let us know where you’d like to serve.

Pete Clemens
President, Lake Forest Caucus

Posted in President's Message.