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O'Dekirk says next interim city manager for Joliet should be settled soon

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk at a press confeence in June.
Mayor Bob O'Dekirk at a press confeence in June.

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk said the city may be able to announce its next interim city manager next week.

O'Dekirk has been talking with staff to find someone to take over now that interim City Manager Steve Jones is stepping out.

"I talked to different people," he said. "We'll see next week. I imagine we'll have someone Tuesday."

The Joliet City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in closed session to discuss the city manager issue.

O'Dekirk said he believes there will be a willing replacement for the council to discuss, although maybe not announce, Tuesday. But he expects the person will be announced sometime during the week.

Jones gave the council notice Tuesday that he will leave Aug. 7, adding that he could leave sooner if the council finds someone to take his place.

Whoever does will be the third interim city manager since June 2019, when a divided City Council voted to remove Marty Shanahan from the position over O'Dekirk's objections.

The city also is trying to find its first permanent city manager since David Hales left in October 2018 with a separation agreement after less than a year on the job.

The council last month approved hiring Slavin Management Consultants to find city manager candidates.

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