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Last interviews slated for Joliet city manager

Joliet Municipal Building at 150 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet Municipal Building at 150 W. Jefferson St.

JOLIET – The Joliet City Council will conduct what is expected to be the last round of interviews for city manager candidates on Tuesday.

The council has narrowed down the list to four candidates and hopes to make a decision this month, council member Michael Turk said.

"All four are well-qualified," Turk said.

The finalists all have experience as government administrators, Turk said, although he would not elaborate.

Turk said he expected the council would meet again at least by next week to discuss the candidates and consider a decision. The council will conduct the final interviews in a closed session after the Tuesday council meeting.

The council is seeking a replacement for former City Manager Jim Hock, who retired in May.

Once the council makes a decision, it still might be a couple of months before a new city manager arrives.

"They've varied on how much notice they have to give," Turk said. "Some are 45 days. Some are 60."

Interim City Attorney Chris Regis said there is "no decision date" on the new city manager.

Regis, the city's inspector general and assistant city attorney, is serving as interim city attorney during the search for a new city manager. City Attorney Marty Shanahan has been the interim city manager since Hock left.

Neither Shanahan nor Regis applied for the city manager position.

The city conducted a nationwide search for a city manager through GovHR USA in Northbrook. Seventy-nine people applied for the job.

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