DeKalb selects firm to search for city manager

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb City Council will finalize its contract with Voorhees Associates to conduct the search for the next city manager by the end of this week.

With the permission of the mayor and City Council, interim City Manager Rudy Espiritu will sign a contract hiring the Deerfield-based consulting firm. Because the contract involved less than $20,000, a formal vote was not needed, said Mayor John Rey.

Rey and 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Finucane recommended Voorhees after meeting with them and Slavin Management Consultants, a firm based in Mesa, Ariz.

“They knew the community,” Rey said. “They gave us comparable experiences with other university-type communities, which I think gives them an experience factor that will be very beneficial to our search.”

Michelle Anderson, the city’s human resources director, said a city manager could be selected in November or December, and begin working as early as January.

Voorhees is the same firm Northern Illinois University officials are using in their search for a police chief. DeKalb Sanitary District leaders also used the firm to hire their District Manager Mark Eddington in 2010.

The firm will be paid at least $16,400, depending on how long the search process takes and how many services the city uses. The city has budgeted $25,000 for the search. Rey said the city is obligated to cover the travel expenses of the candidates they select, and that is not included in the $16,400.

Later this month, representatives from Voorhees will meet with DeKalb aldermen, city staff and others to draft the job description. By the week of July 22, the job announcement will be posted on various websites. The deadline to apply is Sept. 6.

For most of September, the consultants will narrow the field to 10 to 12 candidates. In early October, DeKalb officials will select candidates to interview. By the week of Oct. 21, DeKalb aldermen are scheduled to consider the appointment of the next city manager.

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