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DeKalb in talks with top city manager candidate

DeKALB — Negotiations are underway between the city of DeKalb and the top city manager candidate, Mayor John Rey said.

"We've narrowed the field to one, and we're negotiating with the candidate," Rey announced at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The top five candidates were interviewed Nov. 1, and the top three were expected to be interviewed Saturday. The interviews were private, but Rey expects to present his choice to City Council members for a vote in open session before the end of the year.

The search process began in June when former city manager Mark Biernacki retired after nine years in the position. Assistant city manager Rudy Espiritu was named interim city manager during the search for Biernacki's replacement.

In July, the council hired Voorhees & Associates of Deerfield to conduct the search for a new city manager. Voorhees reduced the field of 50 applicants. From the candidates presented to the council, aldermen narrowed the field to the top five.

Espiritu was listed as one of the final five candidates in October, along with Roger W. Fraser, Anne Marie Gaura, Raymond B. Keller and Susan K. McLaughlin.

Under DeKalb's form of government, the City Council sets policy and the city manager carries it out. The city manager compiles the city's annual budget, oversees all city employees and is responsible for the daily operations of government. The city manager reports to the City Council.

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