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Joliet closer to hiring inspector general, economic development director

JOLIET – The City Council on Monday authorized the City Manager Jim Hock to fill new positions with six-figure salaries in the 2016 budget.

Both positions are likely to be filled without an application process.

Hock already has said he plans to make Steve Jones, now the city’s special projects supervisor, as the new deputy city manager/economic development director, which pays $145,000 a year.

Mayor Bob O’Dekirk said he has identified the person he wants to be the city’s new assistant corporation counsel/inspector general, which pays $120,000 a year.

O’Dekirk said after the meeting Monday that he has not decided whether he will open the position up for applications but suggested it could be a waste of time for potential job candidates.

“I think it would be a little disingenuous because someone is already targeted for the job, but I haven’t made up my mind,” he said.

O’Dekirk would not say whom he wants as inspector general. But sources have said he plans to hire Christopher Regis, a felony prosecutor in the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. Regis, like O’Dekirk, is a former Joliet police officer who went on to become a lawyer.

The position is created in such a way that Hock would hire someone as assistant corporation counsel, who would then be appointed by the mayor with the council’s approval to inspector general.

Jones’ current job is a temporary position. But Hock said he hired Jones with the intent to make him economic development director once the position was created.

Joliet now has a director of community and economic development, Jim Haller, whose work primarily involves supervision of the city’s planning and zoning staff. The new economic development director is seen as someone who will recruit businesses to bring them into Joliet.

Hock cited Jones’ extensive experience in public administration, which includes previous work as village manager in Oswego and Glen Ellyn, as qualifications for the job.

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