Some want vote Tuesday on city manager
BY BOB OKON firstname.lastname@example.org September 30, 2013 8:44PM
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:31AM
The Joliet City Council on Monday went into the final interviews with city manager candidates with mixed opinions on whether they would vote Tuesday on hiring someone.
The council in late afternoon began the interviews with three candidates, a group that includes two municipal officials and an assistant U.S. attorney, according to sources.
Mayor Thomas Giarrante said there would not be a vote at Tuesday’s council meeting.
“Assuming we come to an agreement, then we have to contact that person and work out a contract,” Giarrante said. “If we can’t work out a contract, then we have to go back to the drawing board.”
Councilman Larry Hug, however, said it would more appropriate for the council to vote on the candidate in public and then offer a contract.
Councilman Robert O’Dekirk noted the council has been making decisions on the manager candidates in closed session throughout the process, and he would prefer making a final decision in public Tuesday.
“I think we’ll reach a decision internally tonight,” O’Dekirk said Monday before the interviews. “I would like to vote Tuesday.”
City Manager Thomas Thanas resigned in May but agreed to stay on until a successor was hired.