Joliet narrows list of city manager candidates to five
BY BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org August 28, 2013 2:24PM
Joliet Mayor Thomas Giarrante
Updated: September 30, 2013 7:44AM
The Joliet City Council will interview five candidates for city manager on Sept. 11 and 16.
The council could be about a month away from naming a new city manager, depending on how interviews go and how quickly a contract can be negotiated.
The city council met Tuesday to review information on 12 candidates and narrowed down the field to five who will be interviewed, Councilman Larry Hug said. Sixty-four candidates applied for the job, he said.
“There’s quite an array from both within Illinois and outside of Illinois,” Hug said.
Applicants included current city managers, other government officials, and people from the private sector, Hug said.
“They’re from all over, believe me,” said Mayor Thomas Giarrante, noting Florida, Colorado and Rhode Island as a few of the states from which the city received resumes.
Giarrante would not estimate when a new city manager would be named, noting his experience when involved with the Will County Center for Economic Development in interviewing candidates recently for the position of economic development director.
“In the first round, nobody stood out, and they had to do another search,” he said.
Hug, however, said he believed the city was likely to find a qualified candidate from the remaining field of five.
“At that point, it should be a function of how long it takes to put together a contract,” Hug said. “As long as it’s one of the people we interview, I can’t see it taking more than a couple of weeks after the 16th (of September).”
The interview committee consists of the mayor and entire city council, and they also will select the new city manager.
City Manager Thomas Thanas gave 90-day notice of his resignation in early June. The transition period is headed beyond that 90 days, but Thanas has said that he is willing to stay longer until the council finds a replacement.