Joliet city manager candidates now down to three
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org September 17, 2013 9:46PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:29PM
The Joliet City Council plans to re-interview three of the candidates for city manager, although it’s not clear if council members then will be ready to pick someone for the job.
First interviews for a reported seven candidates were completed Monday. Three of them are to be interviewed again Sept. 30.
Councilman Robert O’Dekirk said he’s impressed with all three finalists, adding that “in a couple of weeks, I expect we’ll make a decision.”
Other council members were not so sure.
Councilman Terry Morris confirmed that three candidates will be interviewed a second time and said it’s likely the new manager will be selected from that group. But he added, “I don’t think it’s a slam dunk that we will (choose a city manager) out of the final candidates.”
Mayor Thomas Giarrante would not comment when asked about the status of the search. Early on, however, Giarrante had said the council might conduct another candidate search if it did not agree on someone during the initial process.
Councilman Michael Turk said he wasn’t sure if the council will be ready to act after the next round of interviews.
“We’ll see how that round goes and see what the consensus is,” Turk said.
The council is seeking a replacement for City Manager Thomas Thanas, who resigned in June and agreed to remain in the post until his replacement could take over.