Clerk Orr names Pressl new Chief of Staff

April 19, 2013
Press Release

Cook County Clerk David Orr today named Barbara Pressl as his new Chief of Staff.

“Barb Pressl has been an exceptional public servant for many years,” Orr said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and impeccable professionalism to her new position. I know that my office and the entire county will benefit from her leadership.”


Pressl, formerly Director of Real Estate and Tax Services, moves into the position following the retirement of Clem Balanoff.

“I consider it a privilege to have this new challenge at the Clerk’s office,” Pressl said. “I’ve had a very satisfying career under Clerk Orr, and am looking forward to my expanded role."  

Pressl began working for the Clerk’s office in 1982. She started as Director of Tax Extension and served as Deputy Director of Real Estate and Tax Services from 2000 to 2010. Pressl also worked as Director of Operations for the Cook County Treasurer’s office.

A lifelong resident of Cook County, Pressl was raised in Skokie and graduated from Niles North High School. Pressl earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana State University. She has done graduate studies in public administration at Northern Illinois University. Pressl lives in Northbrook with her 14-year-old son. 

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