BLOOMINGTON — The City Council has not chosen an interim city manager despite discussing at two executive sessions who should fill David Hales' position until a permanent replacement is found, according to Mayor Tari Renner.
"We have no conclusion at this point, which means we're meeting again next Monday (in executive session) just to talk about an interim," Renner told The Pantagraph on Wednesday.
The soonest the council could vote on the matter is at its Nov. 13 meeting, "so essentially, we would not be able to get an offer out to somebody until after that," said the mayor.
"This is not usually what takes you a while to decide," added Renner. "What usually takes you time is hiring the city manager, and we have a pretty tight timetable in terms of hiring somebody (by June 1) to replace David Hales."
Hales is resigning to become Joliet's city manager, likely starting Nov. 27.
Renner said normally the assistant city manager fills in as city manager on an interim basis until a permanent city manager is hired.
While the council discussed the topic in closed session on Oct. 9 and Monday, Renner declined to say whether a majority of the council opposes hiring Assistant City Manager Steve Rasmussen as interim city manager.
"In our ordinance, in his job description and in his contract is that the assistant city manager will take over when the city manager is not in town," said Renner.
Rasmussen is qualified to serve as interim city manager, added the mayor.
He was chief city administrator of Jefferson City, Mo., before serving as Bloomington's assistant city manager for three years, noted Renner, adding, "David Hales hired him and David Hales in a sense rehired him over and over. And the main thing he is supposed to do is run the city in the city manager's absence."
"I am ready, willing and able to serve at the council's pleasure," Rasmussen told The Pantagraph Wednesday.