Marjorie A. Manchen

Marjorie A. Manchen

Village Clerk

Marjorie A. Manchen JD, RMC, CMC, was appointed Clerk of the Village of River Grove in early 2009; was elected in April, 2009; and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She is a graduate of the Municipal Clerks of Illinois Institute, an intensive course which is administered over a 3 year period by the University of Illinois, in Springfield, Illinois. Marjorie has earned her designations as a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), and as a Registered Municipal Clerk (RMC) by the Municipal Clerks of Illinois. Marjorie is a member of both associations as well as the Municipal Clerks' Association of the North and Northwest Suburbs, Cook County, Illinois (NNWCCMA).


With respect to her background, Marjorie was born in Oak Park and attended Ascension Grammar school until her family moved to Elmwood Park. She graduated from St. Vincent Ferrer grammar school in River Forest, and from Mother Theodore Guerin High School in River Grove (now known as Guerin College Prep). After high school, she graduated cum laude from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in both French and Political Science. Marjorie also holds a Juris Doctorate from the Northern Illinois University School of Law. As a licensed attorney for more than 25 years, she has concentrated her practice with Smith and Smith in family law, and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Marjorie’s prior legal background also includes being a partner with O’Donnell, Grady and Manchen; a Graduate Assistant for the NI.U. Center for Governmental Studies; an intern with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney Office, the law firm of Garretson and Santoro and the U.S Department of Justice, Executive Office of the U.S Trustee; a Research Analyst Intern for the Chicago Crime Commission; an Investigator/Security Supervisor for Arapaho Investigations. She also had 5 years of service with State Farm Insurance as a Senior Claims Adjustor prior to attending law school.

Community Services

Marjorie has been an appointed Commissioner to the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues since 2008. Her other community services and activities include active membership with the River Grove Lions Club and the River Park Moose; and a volunteer for Special Olympics Illinois, Chicago Area and the Glass Slipper Project. She is a past board member of the Elmwood Park Civic Foundation; Chair of the Taste of Elmwood Park Volunteer Committee; former Wish-Granter for the Make A Wish Foundation; and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Kane County. She also served nine years on the Guerin Alumnae Board (including chair), over nine years as a Director on the Board of Directors of Guerin College Preparatory High School, and as the chair of the Elmwood Park Plan, Zoning and Development Commission (12 years) prior to moving to River Grove.


She and her husband, Bart Smith, reside in one of the original homes in River Grove.