Gail Paul was appointed the City Administrator on February 24, 2010. She held the position of Director of Finance for the City since April, 2007. Gail has over 20 years of governmental experience. She started her career in public accounting working as an auditor for Price Waterhouse/Coopers. Her responsibilities included auditing many industries including insurance, manufacturing, retail and governments. Gail began her governmental career as the Comptroller at the Village of Oak Lawn in 1992. She later was promoted to Finance Director/Budget Officer, the position she held until moving to Countryside.

Gail received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1987 and her Masters of Accountancy Degree in 1988 from DePaul University. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1987 and a Certified Public Finance Officer in 2001. Gail has lived in the Chicagoland area her entire life. She currently resides in Oak Lawn with her husband John and their three sons Elijah, Spencer and Dominick.

In her current capacity, Gail works with all department heads in defining the strategic direction of the City in relation to the needs of the community and the mission of the City of Countryside. Her duties include but are not limited to recommendations on hiring, terminating or disciplining employees; risk management; review and justification of capital improvements including funding alternatives; promotion of economic development; resolution of resident, business and staff concerns; and the maintenance of responsive community relations.