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SYCAMORE – How long Brian Gregory will be Sycamore’s acting city manager is unknown at this point in time, but the timetable makes no difference for the 10-year Sycamore government veteran who plans to pick up where Bill Nicklas left off.
Gregory will take the reigns as city manager Oct. 1 on a temporary basis while the city council conducts a regional search for a permanent replacement. The search – which could include Gregory if he chooses to apply – will not distract the new acting manager, who said he is focused on preparing for the upcoming budget discussions for Fiscal Year 2013.
“We have a great and very dedicated staff, and we’re going to continue to provide a high level of service,” Gregory said. “I’m confident I have the support of the mayor and the council.”
Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said the council does not want to draw out the process and is planning a “fairly brief” search process for the permanent city manager. He said discussions are ongoing among council members, but an official announcement for applicants should happen in the near future.
The search comes on the heels of Nicklas’ decision to take an associate vice president position at Northern Illinois University. Nicklas will end his 13-year tenure with the city Sept. 30, when there will be a public reception in his honor at the Sycamore Center Council Chambers from 4-6 p.m.
Gregory said he hopes to carry on the lessons Nicklas taught him since he first started as an intern to his most recent position of assistant city manager.
“Every day he demonstrates a work ethic that is second to none,” Gregory said of Nicklas. “He sets an example that any public administrator would want to follow.”
Mundy said not many details have been finalized about the search, such as the timetable, the pool of candidates or how it would be conducted. Both Gregory and Mundy said they are confident the council will do what is best for Sycamore.