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Joliet interviews city manager finalists Wednesday

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk .
Mayor Bob O'Dekirk .

The Joliet City Council will meet Wednesday to interview the three finalists for the city manager job.

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk said he hopes the council can make a decision after the interviews and vote on a new city manager at its regular meeting the following week.

"I think that's the intent," O'Dekirk said Friday. "This has gone on long enough."

Joliet has not had a permanent city manager since David Hales left in October 2018 after being on the job less than a year. The city has had two interim city managers since, and the council has been divided repeatedly on matters concerning the position.

While the council in the past has tried to show support for a new city manager with unanimous votes, that may not happen this time around.

"There are a couple of council members who have been outspoken that in the past they voted for a candidate that they didn't approve of, and they have said they're not going to do that this time," the mayor said.

The candidate search has been ostensibly confidential, but names of the finalists have emerged. They are:

• James Capparelli, a Joliet attorney whose military career includes being a colonel in the Army Reserves;

• William Jones, city administrator in Mequon, Wisconsin, since 2015 and previously assistant village manager in Glencoe;

• Mark Rooney, town manager in Westerly, Rhode Island, and previously village manager in Carpentersville.

The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. with an opportunity for public comment before the council goes into closed session to do interviews.

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