Seeking a city administrator

The city of Vandalia has begun its search for a city administrator, and three individuals have already expressed an interest in the job.
Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the job has been posted statewide through the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Department of Councils and the Illinois City and County Managers.
Gottman said that he had begun posting the job more than two weeks ago, and that he has already received three resumés. The city will receive resumés through March 28, he said.
The city is asking for candidates with at least three years of municipal management experience, along with a bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, or a related field.
It is hoping to fill the position with a person familiar with the state’s economic development programs, including Enterprise Zone and Tax Increment Financing.
The city administrator will be responsible for the day-to-day administration and management of city operations and activities,
Vandalia has been without a city administrator since Jimmy Morani left in February 2010 for a similar job in another community.
The city filled the vacancy a short time later, but the person picked to succeed Morani notified the city on his first scheduled day of work that he had changed his mind – due to family obligations – about taking the job.
Since that time, the city has held off on filling the position as a way of holding down expenses, with the council agreeing to have Gottman serve as the interim city administrator.
Last July, the council voted to fill the position, with Gottman noting that the city had included in the new budget $85,000 for that job.
Aldermen Russ Stunkel had asked Gottman during two recent meetings the status of a city administrator search, and the mayor said that he was finalizing a job description.
After announcing on Monday that the search had gotten under way, several aldermen asked for copies of that new job description.


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