Hock named Joliet city manager
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org October 15, 2013 10:34PM
Newly named Joliet City Manager Jim Hock (right) spends some time with outgoing City Manager Thomas Thanas after being named to the job Tuesday. Hock starts Nov.12. | Bob Okon/Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 17, 2013 10:05AM
Jim Hock was named the new Joliet city manager as expected Tuesday, when the city council also approved a $185,000 salary for the position and moving expenses up to $12,500.
The votes for Hock and his contract were unanimous, although council members made no comments during the vote other than to welcome him to Joliet. Hock starts Nov. 12, although he said he’ll probably start showing up earlier at meetings on the 2014 budget.
Hock, speaking with reporters later, said he was looking forward to the job in Joliet, a city that he described as large and diverse with opportunities for future economic development.
“You’ve got an existing downtown that is significant,” he said. “You’ve got early development. You’ve got new development.”
Hock, 58, comes from Carpentersville, where he was the community development director.
Councilman John Gerl said after the meeting that he considered Hock’s experience in economic development one of the key factors that got him the job.
“He has an extensive background in economic development,” Gerl said. “He’s a very well-rounded guy. I think he’ll do a very good job.”
Councilwoman Jan Quillman called Hock “a great fit” for the job, adding that she was impressed with his experience. Quillman said that from the time the council had narrowed the potential candidates for the job to 12 that Hock “was always my No. 1 choice.”
Hock comes to Joliet with “new eyes and a fresh perspective,” said Councilman Larry Hug. “He’s a consummate professional.”
Before Carpentersville, Hock was fired as city manager in Park Ridge. Council members questioned previously about that matter said that it was not unusual for city managers to lose their jobs because of political changes such as had occurred in Park Ridge.
Before coming to Illinois, Hock was city manager in Oak Park, Mich., assistant city manager in Sterling Heights, Mich. and village manager in Almont, Mich.
The city manager is the top administrative officer in Joliet, basically in charge of running the city and answering to the mayor and city council, who provide policy direction but do not manage operations.
Hock will start at a lower salary than City Manager Thomas Thanas, who was hired in 2008 at a base pay of $189,000. Thanas also receives other compensation, and his total pay in 2011 was $203,800.
Hock’s contract provides for a vehicle allowance of $250 per month and allows him to gas up at no charge at city-operated fuel stations used for city vehicles.
The relocation allowance, according to the contract, would pay for his use of a moving company located in Joliet, rent at a Joliet apartment up to March 1 and costs of buying out the lease at his current Arlington Heights residence so he can move to Joliet.