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Nine candidates interview for Joliet city manager job

Joliet City Hall
Joliet City Hall

JOLIET – Two candidates from the Joliet area are among nine people interviewing for the Joliet city manager job, city officials said.

The City Council interviews with city manager candidates continued at a special meeting called Wednesday solely for the interviews.

The first two candidates were interviewed during closed session after the Monday City Council meeting. Another special meeting is scheduled for Aug. 9 for candidate interviews. All are done in closed session.

“We’ve begun the interview process,” Mayor Bob O’Dekirk said. “From here we’ll whittle down that [list] to a smaller list of candidates.”

O’Dekirk said the first round of interviews included two people from the Joliet area.

The city has conducted a national search for candidates through consultant GovHR USA. Seventy-nine people applied for the job.

The council expects to do a second round of interviews with finalists for the job.

Nine candidates are slated to be interviewed, council member Michael Turk said. Another meeting yet to be scheduled is expected to take place later this month.

Former City Manager Jim Hock retired in May. Hock did not announce his retirement until April 6, saying he did not want his job to become a problem in the City Council election held two days earlier.

A timetable has not been set for completing the hiring process, Interim City Manager Marty Shanahan said. The arrival of a new city manager will depend to some degree on when an offer is accepted and how soon that person can leave a current job, Shanahan said.

Shanahan, who also is the city attorney, did not apply for the job.

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