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DeKalb city manager candidate pool to get smaller Friday

November 15, 2018

DeKALB – The City Council will meet Friday afternoon to identify finalists for the city manager job.

“Our job [Friday] as I see it, will be to take a look at those top [candidates] and get it down to a consensus of the top candidates,” Mayor Jerry Smith said Thursday.

The special city council meeting will begin with an opportunity for public comment, after which it will go into a closed executive session that will likely last for three or more hours, Smith said, during which council will select top five or six applicants to move forward with the interview process.

The council will not reconvene after, nor will any identifying details be shared with the public or media about the finalists at this time, Smith said.

He said 50 people have applied for the job. The city is consulting with Heidi Voorhees of GovHR USA LLC, based out of Northbrook, for the recruitment and selection process.

Voorhees has already provided council with a packet of her recommended top 20 candidates from the applicant pool. After council selects the finalists, an extensive interview process will happen Dec. 5 and 6, Smith said.

Three interview committees were hand-picked by an informal steering committee made up of Smith, Michelle Brening, human resources generalist for the city, 4th Ward Alderman Patrick Fagan, and Interim City Manager Raymond Munch. There is a department head committee, comprised of six city department leads; an employee committee comprised of six to eight union and nonunion members; and a citizen committee, Smith has said.

“If everything goes to plan, we will be right on track to where we want to be,” Smith said.

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