Diversity and Inclusion

Mission and Vision of the Village

The Village has the mission of being dedicated to the delivery of municipal services in a responsive, professional, and proficient manner.   The vision for our community is for Vernon Hills to be a safe, aesthetically appealing, fiscally viable, family-oriented community with excellent educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities fostering a strong and diverse residential and business community with concern for ecological stewardship and cooperation with other governmental bodies and agencies.


In reflection of our mission and community expectations; the Village seeks an external review of policies and practices in relation to the delivery of services and opportunities, to ensure an equitable, consistent, and just environment is achieved.   At the September 1, 2020 Village Board Meeting, Ordinance #2020-096 was approved authorizing a Diversity and Inclusivity consultancy for the Village of Vernon Hills.

Scope of Services

  1. Internal inventory and external assessment and review of Village and Department policies and practices, (Recruitment, Promotion, BOFPC Rules, Village Rules/Practices, Adoption of Shared Principles, VHPD Engagement Strategies, etc.).
  2. Review of correlations between workforce and community demographics.
  3. Facilitate meetings with Village and Department Staff regarding community expectations for Inclusion and Diversity within Village government.
  4. Facilitate and support community engagement as needed; special projects, and development of Village Inclusion and Diversity Vision Statement.
  5. Provide updates, suggested improvements and final report to the Village Board / community.


This consultancy is scheduled to commence October 1, 2020 with a review of Village policies and practices to be conducted.  Consultant will meet with managers and department personnel, Village commissions, observe processes, and provide updates to the Board and community.  A formal report will be presented prior to July 2021.


  1. Dr. Bryan J. Watkins

    Dr. Bryan J. Watkins

    Diversity Consultant