By: Diane Benjamin
Since Bloomington’s Communications Director Nora Dukowitz decided to ask a judge to declare knocking on a door illegal, I decided to do a little research about her. It wasn’t difficult because I received her application to the City of Bloomington last month under the Freedom of Information Act. Nora also still has her resume on-line: http://www.indeed.com/r/NORA-DUKOWITZ/e1c1550e909497e8
Nora graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2004. I don’t know her birth date, so I’m assuming she was around 21 in 2004. Today she is in her early thirties.
Since 2004 she has worked for:
General Growth Properties- Spring Hill Mall – Dundee, IL
General Growth Properties- Market Place Mall – Champaign, IL
Uptown Marketing Manager – Normal Il
Fort Madison Partners – Fort Madison, IA
City of Bloomington since 2011
In 2011 Nora was in her late 20’s.
Reading her resume, Nora appears to have accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. She worked for the Town of Normal for around 3 1/2 years. She only worked in Iowa for about a year before applying to Bloomington. According to her Bloomington application, she was earning $72,000 a year in Iowa.
Evidently she wasn’t happy in Iowa. $72,000 a year didn’t make her happy. Remember, she was in her late 20’s in Iowa.
What did she put on her application to Bloomington for “Reason for Leaving”? HOMESICK
She also wanted to return to marketing, a job she no longer does for the City unless “controlling the message” can be called marketing.
She was making $72,000 a year in Iowa, but she wanted $35,010 – $52,514 working for Bloomington.
Many years ago I managed 10 people and hired staff. If I saw a resume claiming great accomplishments, an applicant making more than the average salary but the person is willing to work for MUCH less, AND they want a job with my company because they are HOMESICK – that resume would be tossed. I would consider the applicant borderline unstable and not capable of being a long-term employee.
Maybe the City hired her because HOMESICK means “I can control” this applicant. She has lots of experience and is willing to work for much less than she is currently earning. She must not be a person who makes friends easily – Iowa didn’t go well. She isn’t a leader, rather someone who wants led.
She also listed a Pantagraph reporter as a reference.
Nora claims Media Relations Training under “Additional Information”.
I wonder if that is where she learned to fear reporters?
Nora wasn’t hired as a Communication Director with Bloomington. The job was created in last years budget and she was moved into it. Citizens never received an explanation as to why the City needed this job, Tari just wanted it.
See her City application here: Dukowitz, Nora K