DECATUR — The city manager of Streator has been selected to become Decatur's next city manager.
Scot Wrighton will be introduced at a press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center, the city said in a statement. A special meeting to approve the hire is scheduled for Monday.
Wrighton has been city manager in Streator for more than four years. He also was the city manager of Kirksville, Mo. for nine years; on the faculty of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government for six years; and the city manager of a private new urbanism development project in India for five years.
Wrighton’s first municipal manager’s job was village administrator of Mount Zion.
"Scot has not pursued the normal city manager career route, but his rich diversity of professional experiences and his change-agent skills seemed like the exact leadership style the City Council was searching for in a new city manager for Decatur, and we are anxious for him to start his new duties," Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said in the statement.
He replaces Tim Gleason, who is now city manager in Bloomington. The news also comes on the heels of the announcement this week that Decatur Deputy City Manager Bill Tyus will be leaving for the same job in Bloomington.
Streator is about an hour north of the Twin Cities with a population of about 13,000.
In a Facebook post on the city Facebook page, Streator Mayor Lansford said: “The City Council is sad to see Scot leave Streator; he has helped the governing body with many new projects, and he has been a catalyst for much of the change we have seen in Streator during the last four years. I know I speak for the entire city council in thanking Scot for his tireless efforts to advance Streator, and I am thankful he has agreed to assist us in aiding and accelerating the process of finding a new city manager in the months ahead, so we can continue the positive momentum, and make the transition as smooth as possible.”