Joliet Council reschedules city manager vote Oct. 15
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org October 7, 2013 9:58AM
Former Park Ridge City Manager Jim Hock is expected to be named Joliet's city manager on Tuedsay, Oct.7, 2013 | File Photo
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:12AM
The Joliet City Council now expects to vote on a new city manager at its Oct. 15 meeting.
A special meeting for the vote had been scheduled for Tuesday, but the city sent out notice Monday morning that the special meeting was canceled.
Mayor Thomas Giarrante said the plan was changed because a council member would have been unable to make the Tuesday meeting because he will be out of state.
“He could have participated by phone, but he could not have voted,” Giarrante said.
The council is expected to appoint Jim Hock as city manager. He’s the community development director in Carpentersville and a former city manager in Park Ridge.
Hock was among three finalists interviewed a week ago. The city began negotiations last week on his contract, which also is expected to be approved Oct. 15.
Hock would replace City Manager Thomas Thanas, who resigned in May while agreeing to stay on the job until his replacement starts work.
Councilman Larry Hug said he expressed concern Friday, after the special meeting was scheduled, that one of the council members could not attend.
“Anybody who’s been there and participated has to be there for the final vote,” Hug said. “Maybe other council members have the same perspective.”