BLOOMINGTON — Assistant City Manager Steve Rasmussen is expected to be named interim city manager when the City Council meets Thursday.
He likely would assume the role Nov. 8, the day after current City Manager David Hales’ departure. Hales, who has headed Bloomington's city staff since 2008, has been named city manager of Joliet.
“I am pleased we are looking to appoint Steve Rasmussen as Bloomington’s interim city manager,” said Mayor Tari Renner in a statement the city issued Tuesday.
“He has history and background with Bloomington and will provide the stability needed during this critical interim period while we perform a key search for the next city manager of Bloomington," Renner said. "I appreciate his willingness to serve.”
Renner has expressed frustration over the council convening in closed session three times since Oct. 9, including following Monday's council meeting, without reaching a consensus about selecting an interim city manager.
Renner said the assistant city manager normally fills in during the absence of the city manager.
“It is my pleasure to serve the city of Bloomington,” said Rasmussen in the statement. “It will be an honor to be asked by the City Council to serve in this capacity.”
An official announcement is expected after a special council session at 3 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Hales announced at Monday's council meeting that Rasmussen will add the duties of interim community development director to his current responsibilities.
Rasmussen was hired in November 2014 as assistant city manager. He previously was chief city administrator for Jefferson City, Mo., with a population of 43,330, from 2006-2011.
Since 2011, he worked as vice president of Interim Solutions, a company that supplies interim executives and directors to fill vacant positions until an executive position is permanently filled.
His background includes more than 28 years of service in the military, including a role as garrison commander of Fort Campbell, Ky. There, he was responsible for the infrastructure of the 165-square-mile installation, managed a public works force of nearly 1,000 unionized workers and acted as the primary union liaison.
The retired Army colonel earned a Bronze Star among other awards.
He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds two master's degrees, one in English from Syracuse University and one in international affairs from Salve Regina University.
His salary as interim city manager was not immediately available.
Last month, the Joliet City Council authorized a three-year contract with Hales at an annual salary of $215,000. Hales makes $188,660 in his Bloomington job.