By: Diane Benjamin
Joliet chose Bloomington’s City Manager.
Bloomington had 3 candidates to replace him – all from Illinois.
Bloomington chose Decatur’s City Manager. He then chose another guy from Decatur as an assistant.
The Streator City Manager has now been chosen by Decatur.
The Bloomington City Clerk came here from Arizona. She didn’t stay long – she moved back.
Anybody getting the idea Illinois is now toxic? Candidates from other states don’t want any government jobs in Illinois? Used recycled Illinois administrators are now the pool to pick from?
The County has been trying to decide whether or not to hire a search firm to find Bill Wasson’s replacement. Joliet hired GovHR and got Hales, but GovHR never mentioned the Coliseum investigation.
GovHR has their favorite people who will be recommended whether they are a good fit or not. See David Hales. He didn’t last long in Joliet.
The County wouldn’t have a problem if they hadn’t made Don Knapp State’s Attorney. He was being groomed as the next County Administrator.
The last thing the County needs is a search firm. They will end up with another David Hales. Maybe the Macon County administrator should be tapped. Whoever that is is probably sick of Decatur too. We import their administrators (and murderers), why not get the whole gang together again? That area of the state is obviously prospering! (Not!)
If the County Board can’t find a qualified replacement on their own, they need to resign. I bet the search will be a secret though. Transparency is rarely part of the process.