Joliet city manager selected but not ID’d
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, 2013 8:58PM
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:36AM
The Joliet City Council has tentatively picked the next city manager, but city officials declined to identify him until a contract is signed.
Sources confirmed the three finalists who interviewed with council members Monday — Jim Hock, the community development director in Carpentersville and a former village manager in Park Ridge; Romeoville Village Manager Steve Gulden and Christopher McFadden, an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago and a Joliet native.
McFadden confirmed Tuesday that he was among those interviewed Monday but declined to say more. Hock and Gulden did not return calls for comment.
Mayor Thomas Giarrante said the city will begin negotiating a contract with the person selected.
City Councilman Robert O’Dekirk said that process could be completed “in relatively short order,” perhaps only a couple of days. He described the selection as “tentative” because a contract has yet to be signed.
Once a contract is finalized, it will be brought to the city council for approval at a public meeting.
Council members said they were united in their decision on the new city manager, with a few of them saying that any of the final three could have done the job.
“All the candidates were excellent candidates,” Councilman Terry Morris said. “It was a tough choice, but it was a unanimous choice.”
The new manager will replace Thomas Thanas, who has served since March 2008.