Cook County Clerk David Orr on Thursday announced that he has named Manuel Perez his new Chief of Staff.
Perez moved into the position following the retirement of Barbara Pressl in July.
Perez most recently worked as Chief of Staff to Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" García. He took a leave of absence during the recent mayoral campaign to serve as the Commissioner’s campaign manager.
“I’m excited to be able to take on this position in an office that directly touches the lives of all Cook County’s residents,” Perez said. “From birth to death, the Cook County Clerk’s office is the one government agency that all residents rely upon, and I look forward to ensuring that the office continues its exceptional record of public service.”
Prior to joining Commissioner Garcia, Perez directed pharmacy and laboratory services at Access Community Health Network, a community-based network of more than 30 health centers across Chicago and the suburbs. He worked on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, where he oversaw field operations in New Mexico, and he has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Born in Chicago to Mexican immigrants, Perez grew up in Cicero. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University. He lives in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.