Vision for DeKalb city manager to be discussed Monday

August 25, 2018

DeKALB – City officials will go over their portrait of an ideal city manager during the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday night.

In June, three months after Anne Marie Gaura resigned as city manager, the city hired GovHR USA to help recruit her replacement. In the interim, the council agreed in May to put the city’s finance director, Molly Talkington, in the interim role. Talkington was hired as finance director in September.

According to a letter from Heidi Voorhees, president of GovHR based out of Northbrook, the new city manager likely will make between $150,000 and $165,000, and must live in DeKalb within six months of being appointed to the position. Gaura earned a little more than $168,000 a year when she held the position.

Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree, ideally in public administration, business, urban planning or a related field, and a master’s degree will be highly valued in the selection process.

The letter said the candidate must be politically savvy, engaged with the community and have a “can-do” attitude.

The committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Municipal Building, 400 S. Fourth St., leading up to the 6 p.m. council meeting.

For information, visit www.cityofdekalb.com/1201/City-Manager-Search

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