IMET Board of Trustees

IMET is governed by an eight member Board of Trustees that has full control over the operations and investments of IMET, subject to the rights of the Participants as provided by the Declaration of Trust. The names and affiliations of the Trustees are found below.

Name Office Affiliation
Brian Murphy Chairman Village of River Forest
Kay Nees Vice Chairman City of Champaign
J. Michael Duebner Treasurer Village of Lake Zurich
Chris Slusser Secretary Madison County
John Harrington Trustee Village of Minooka

Aimee Ingalls

Trustee Village of Peotone
Gary Szott Trustee

Village of Bloomingdale

  Trustee Vacant

Brian Murphy

Vice Chairman

Brian Murphy is the Village Administrator for the Village of River Forest. He has over 20 years of experience in public administration. Prior to his position in River Forest, Brian served as the Administrator of Plainfield; the Assistant City Manager in Troy, MI; the Village Manager in Beverly Hills, MI; and the City Manager in Belding, MI. Brian holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Brian has been actively involved in the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) since 1993 and has served in numerous capacities over that time, including serving on the Government Affairs and Policy Committee from 2006-2008, presenting at the 2004 and 2008 conferences, moderating at the 2005 and 2011 conferences, and currently serving on the Advisory Board on Graduate Education. In 2007, he was honored to receive the Excellence in Local Government Award from the Michigan Local Government Management Association, and in 2018, he was honored by the Illinois City/County Managers Association (ILCMA) with its Special Service Award. Brian is an active member of ILCMA and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Kay Nees

Vice Chairman

Kay Nees has been the Finance Director for the City of Champaign since June 2017. As Finance Director, she leads the Finance Department, providing the full range of municipal financial services including financial planning and budgeting; financial operations; investments; debt management; financial reporting; and records management. As well, Kay leads the Finance Department in providing financial analysis to the City Council and staff on economic and community development issues. Ms. Nees serves as Co-chair of the City’s Capital Improvements Review Team, which develops the City’s Capital Improvements Plan.

Ms. Nees has more than ten years’ experience in municipal government finance. Her previous experience with the City of Champaign includes serving as the City Accountant from 2014 to 2017. She served as Assistant Finance Director for the Village of Hanover Park, IL from 2011 to 2014. Prior to working in municipal government, she worked in governmental auditing from 1999 to 2011.

Ms. Nees holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois.

She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association and the Illinois Municipal Treasurer’s Association.

J. Michael Duebner


J. Michael Duebner joined Lake Zurich in 2012 and presently serves as the Management Services Director attached to the Office of the Village Manager. In his role, he provides strategic oversight of village-wide operational and stakeholder focused initiatives. With over 30  years of experience in information technology, of which over 20 years have been focused on municipal government, he provides leadership for the continued development of innovative, robust and best practice solutions throughout the Village. Mr. Duebner represents Lake Zurich by serving as the founder and strategist for the Tyler Technology RMS Consortium comprised of six Lake County municipalities. In addition, he is the driving force behind Lake Zurich’s digital presence on the web, social media and community television. Most recently, Mr. Duebner served as the project manager for the implementation of BS&A Financial Management Software and Village-wide water meter replacement program. Mr. Duebner holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Trinity University in Deerfield. Mr. Duebner has been a trustee for the Mount Prospect Public Library since 2015, presently serves as its President and has chaired several committees.

Chris Slusser


Chris Slusser has served as Madison County Treasurer since December 21, 2016, first appointed and then elected, after having served on the Madison County Board. He has a varied professional background, having worked in the private sector in various investment and finance positions. Chris is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Chris has been active in his community in numerous charitable, religious, political and professional capacities, including for the Riverbend Family Ministries in Wood River, the Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services, the former Wood River Township Hospital, RAVEN  (Rape & Violence End Now), the SIUE Alumni Association, the Baptist Foundation of Illinois, the NAACP, and the NRA. Chris is very involved in the Illinois County Treasurers Association and its various regional meetings and initiatives.

John Harrington


John Harrington represents the Will County Governmental League. He has been the Finance Director/Treasurer for the Village of Minooka since January 2007, bringing over 25 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining the Village, he was the Controller of the Housing Authority of Cook County for six years, and has worked for BDO Seidman, LLP and other accounting firms in Chicago for eight years.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from North Central College in Naperville, and is a CPA. He serves on IGFOA's Executive Board, is a member of the IGFOA's Membership committee, and serves on the South Metro Chapter Board. John is a member of the Illinois Municipal Treasurer's Association (IMTA), and serves on its Executive Board, and chairs its  Education committee.

John also serves on the Grundy County Chamber Board, and on the Rainbow Council BSA, where he is the Vice President of Fund Development and the Chair of the Family Friends of Scouting Fundraising Campaign.

Aimee Ingalls


Aimee Ingalls is a Village Administrator for the Village of Peotone Illinois.  She graduated from Governors State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. After graduation, Aimee worked in economic development throughout Illinois focusing on business attraction and retention.  Developing an appreciation for the public sector, Aimee moved into public management where she continues to work on economic development projects, planning, public infrastructure, and stewarding public funds.

Gary Szott


Gary Szott is the Finance Director and Treasurer for the Village of Bloomingdale, having held this position since May of 1991. Prior to this, he had attained the Assistant Finance Director position for the City of Wheaton, after working in various capacities for Wheaton since 1985. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Public Finance Officer and holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting from Rockford University, Rockford. He is a member of the AICPA, the ILCPAS, the GFOA, and the IGFOA.  He has served as Chair and Treasurer of the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency (IRMA) among other service to IRMA. He has also served as the Treasurer of the IPBC, and, currently, serves on its Executive Board. Gary is a Past President of IGFOA and has served IGFOA in a number of capacities. Gary has been an avid speaker and presenter for the IGFOA, the Illinois Municipal League and the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference at various seminars and conferences.

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