DeKALB – DeKalb voters selected Bill Finucane and Robert Snow in contested races for the City Council on Tuesday.
Finucane, who is the transportation manager at Northern Illinois University, defeated bankruptcy attorney Stephen Clark, according to unofficial vote totals.
Finucane captured about 72 percent of the vote to win the seat from the city’s 2nd Ward.
In the 4th Ward, Snow, a former assistant to the NIU College of Law dean, defeated limousine owner, James Mitchell, with 70 percent of the vote.
Dave Baker was unopposed in his re-election bid for the 6th Ward seat.
Both Finucane and Snow credited their wins to their longstanding ties to the community.
“People knew what kind of an alderman I would be, and they showed that support for that,” Snow said.
The current aldermen of the 2nd and 4th Wards, Tom Teresinski and Brendon Gallagher, respectively, decided not to seek re-election.
Their last meeting as aldermen is April 22, and they will officially hand over their seats in May.
As members of the city council, Finucane and Snow will have their hands full.
They council will discuss and take action on the city budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, discuss the possibility of annexing a 1,000-plus home subdivision proposed near DeKalb High School, and begin searching for a replacement for City Manager Mark Biernacki, who will retire in June.
Finucane said the new city manager must have the right combination of education and experience.
He compared the search to how a sports team might recruit a coach.
“Do you get an assistant from a larger city, or someone who is already the manager at a smaller city?” Finucane said.
Snow also named the city manager search as a top priority. But he also emphasized the relationship between DeKalb and Northern Illinois University.
“NIU-DeKalb relations certainly need to be improved, and I think we need to head in that direction,” Snow said.
As for their opponents, Clark said he would expand his practice as a bankruptcy lawyer in the city.
Because he also described himself as a conservative, Clark said he didn’t imagine there would be many differences between himself and Finucane.
Mitchell said he also would continue to work with in the city, and he urged Snow to keep his resolve.
“I’d say good luck and dig in, don’t let people tell you what to do and follow your heart,” Mitchell said.