Orr names new additions to Clerk’s staff

January 25, 2016
Press Release

Resnick, Shields join Clerk’s Office as Deputy Chief, Communications Director

Cook County Clerk David Orr on Monday announced two new additions to his staff, Deputy Chief of Staff Sarah Garza Resnick and Director of Communications Nick Shields.

“I’m excited by the enthusiasm, energy and experience that both Nick and Sarah are bringing to these positions,” Orr said. “I welcome the perspective and insight they will provide as we continue to look for innovative ways to better serve the public and get the message out about the many services my office provides for residents of Cook County.”

Resnick worked as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender for the last six years. Sarah served as the elected Secretary of AFSCME local 3315 for three years.

Before joining the Public Defender’s Office, Sarah served as the Executive Director of First Defense Legal Aid.

“I wanted to join the Clerk Orr’s office because I believe in the essential role which government can play in improving our society, serving human needs, and achieving progressive change,” Resnick said.

Resnick graduated from Cardozo School of Law, where she worked on the Innocence Project. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Brandeis University and her master’s degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. Prior to law school, Sarah worked on Democratic political campaigns, as a Field Director, for four years. During those campaigns she always created and ran the Election Protection Program for the campaign.

Resnick, who is expecting her second child in May, lives with her husband, Paul Miller and their two-year-old son in Little Italy.  She hails from Chicago and grew up on the North Side and Evanston.

Shields comes to the Clerk’s office from Navy Pier, where he served as Director of Communications for the past four years. He also has a background in print and broadcast journalism, having worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun and later as a producer and reporter for WTTW’s flagship nightly news magazine program “Chicago Tonight.”

“It is an honor to join such a talented team known for their public service excellence,” Shields said. “As we approach the 2016 election season I look forward to being a part of a staff committed to good government and having a meaningful impact on all county residents.”

Shields resides with his wife in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood where he was also born and raised. He received his master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois in Springfield and his undergraduate degree in print journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.