In council meetings, Dan DiSanto is most known for keeping track of time. In fact, at the latest council meeting City Manager Doug Krieger said of his assistant “He’s best known for his five favorite words ‘The speaker’s time is up.’” Krieger thanked DiSanto then for his work throughout the city.
As the Assistant to the City Manager, DiSanto has worked behind the scenes to help improve Naperville for the last seven years. Now he’s taking a new job as Assistant Village Manager in Bensenville.
In 2004, DiSanto began his work in Naperville as the City Planner. He says one of his greatest accomplishments in that role is the Wentz Concert Hall. With the help of North Central College staff and the community, he planned the layout of the venue.
“You have the city, the college, and the residents all working on a project and the end result is a beautiful building,” said DiSanto. “The parking’s taken care of, the traffic control works out well and it’s now a gem in Naperville that we use to attract other businesses here.”
In 2007, when city administrators created the position of Assistant to the City Manager, he jumped at the opportunity. The new job took him from planning the layout of buildings like the Wentz to legislative work. One of his proudest accomplishments as an assistant is getting $125 million from the state to fund the widening of Route 59, a construction project he expects to be finished within the next five years.
“That was a major city initiative and being down in Springfield,” said DiSanto. “Working with legislatures to try to get them to pass a capital bill was kind of a long shot. Nobody really thought it would happen [but] we were successful.”
While being Assistant to the City Manager, DiSanto also took on a second role. He became the city’s first Accessibility Coordinator. The position oversees initiatives to make the city more accessible for people with disabilities and senior citizens. That work earned him a 2011 Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Award.
Krieger says over the last couple years, DiSanto has been his go-to guy. Krieger recalls meeting DiSanto for the first time.
“The first time I met Dan, I was fairly skeptical, predominantly because he’s a Cubs fan,” said Krieger. “I thought he had exercised poor judgment but actually after I got the chance to get to know him, I was sold.”
And while it’s his time here in Naperville that’s up, DiSanto says that’s only for now.
“I will always be connected to this town,” said DiSanto. “It’s been good to me and I plan on giving back throughout my life.”
Dan DiSanto hopes his experience working here in Naperville will ultimately lead him to be a city manager somewhere.
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