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President Preckwinkle Names Pair to Key Administration Posts

Posted by Admin On August - 14 - 2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Announced Two Key Additions to Her Senior Leadership Team.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle named Sabrina L. Miller as Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the Office of the President. In addition, she named Julius E. Rhodes as Acting Chief of the County’s Bureau of Human Resources, pending confirmation by the Board of Commissioners.

“I am pleased to have these two seasoned professionals join our administration,” Preckwinkle said. “Both have deep experience in their chosen fields and are well equipped for the roles they will play as we move forward with our second-term agenda.”

Miller, 47, a Chicago native and South Loop resident, is an award-winning communications strategist and digital media professional who brings more than two decades of experience to her new position.

Immediately prior to joining Cook County, Miller was a communications manager in the office of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, serving as primary spokeswoman for a variety of state departments.

She previously was a publicist for the University of Chicago News Office, and the City of Chicago, and was a newspaper reporter at the Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.

“I believe that every experience I’ve had in more than two decades as a communications professional has uniquely prepared me for this opportunity to serve President Preckwinkle and the residents of Cook County,” Miller said. “I look forward to spearheading the effort to effectively communicate President Preckwinkle’s priorities and illustrate how consistently responsive and efficient County government is working to meet the needs of residents.”

Miller graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also was awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, administered by the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Rhodes, 54, is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s South Side and current resident of the city’s North Kenwood neighborhood.

For the past 20 years he operated the mpr group, a broad-based, full-service human resources consulting practice that he founded and which he served as principal.

“I am honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve the residents of Cook County, an area that I have called and will always call home,” Rhodes said. ” I look forward to the challenge of leading the Bureau of Human Resources in pursuit of its mission of continuous improvement for the benefit of employees and our citizens alike.”

Rhodes boasts deep experience in human resources. Earlier in his career, he held for a number of HR posts with leading-edge corporations, including Sara Lee Bakery, Baxter Healthcare, General Electric and Mobil Chemical.

Rhodes has studied philosophy and business ethics in the Ph.D. program at Loyola University. He earned a Master’s degree in industrial relations from Loyola and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University. He has Senior Professional Human Resources certification.

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