CHICAGO – Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson on Monday announced that John Roberson will serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the City of Chicago. Roberson, in this role, will provide leadership and oversight for the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic initiatives and policy priorities related to infrastructure, transportation, regulatory, and municipal administrative services. Chicago’s COO works closely with city officials, department heads, and stakeholders to ensure the safe, efficient, and effective delivery of services to residents.
“John Roberson brings a vast body of work in government and management to the Mayor’s Office, and we are grateful to have him serve in this key role,” said Mayor-elect Johnson. “I’ve seen firsthand his ability to execute strategic initiatives and build consensus from a variety of stakeholders, and I look forward to working with him to make city government work for everyone in Chicago.”
Roberson brings to the role of COO more than 20 years of public, entrepreneurial, and private sector executive-level experience and management. Roberson most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Cook County, where he was tasked with the executive oversight of activities and staff in the government and legislative affairs related to the County’s Federal, State, County, and Local legislative agenda. Before his service at Cook County, Roberson held various roles, including Commissioner of Aviation for the City of Chicago, Executive Vice President for the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve dedicated my career to public service, and it’s an honor to serve incoming Mayor Johnson in this capacity,” said John Roberson. “I look forward to working closely with Mayor-elect Johnson to identify our goals and policy priorities to achieve our vision for a safer, stronger city that delivers for residents.”
Roberson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Roosevelt University and is a United States Air Force veteran. He is a lifelong Chicagoan from the South Side.