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18 Joliet city manager candidates deemed eligible

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk speaks to the rest of the Joliet City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Joliet, Ill. O'Dekirk is leading a city council committee that is reviewing resumes for the city manager job.
Mayor Bob O'Dekirk speaks to the rest of the Joliet City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Joliet, Ill. O'Dekirk is leading a city council committee that is reviewing resumes for the city manager job.

A Joliet City Council committee will look through 18 résumés deemed to meet the qualifications for the city manager job.

Human Resources Director Kathy Franson presented résumés on Monday to the ad hoc city manager search committee, which next week will begin to winnow down the candidates to those it considers possibilities for the job.

Joliet received 25 resumes for the city manager position that has gone unfilled for a year.

“Eighteen of them meet the minimum requirements, so it’s a pretty big group of eligible candidates,” Franson told the committee.

Eleven of the eligible candidates “live in Illinois, and we did receive one résumé from a woman,” Franson said.

Her report to the committee preceded a closed session in which the committee headed by Mayor Bob O’Dekirk received the résumés. Also on the committee are council member Jan Quillman and council member Michael Turk.

Franson advised the committee that she will do background checks with the assistance of an outside agency.

“We need to maintain the integrity of the search,” Franson said. “We should not do our own side investigations of any of the candidates.”

O’Dekirk said Tuesday that the committee did not yet begin the review process.

“We’re going to meet again next Monday and go through the résumés to see who goes on to the next step,” the mayor said.

O’Dekirk said “there’s a real aggressive schedule” to select a new city manager.

“I think that our Human Resource Department would like to have this done by the end of the year,” he said.

“I don’t know if that’s possible. But that’s what they’re shooting for,” O’Dekirk said.

The committee will select candidates for the full City Council to consider.

Joliet has been operating with interim city managers since David Hales left on Oct. 16, 2018, with a $95,000 contract buyout after 11 months on the job.

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