Joliet Councilwoman Jan Quillman part of the Ad Hoc Search Committee for a new Joliet City Manager, would not confirm nor deny that former interim city manager and current corporation counsel for the city, Marty Shanahan is on the short list to be the next city manager.

The Search Committee for a new city manager has narrowed down a field to 6 candidates. Three people are on the Ad Hoc Search Committee including Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, Councilman Mike Turk and Coucilwoman Jan Quillman. They received 25 resumes and spent hours going through each one with the HR department staff. Quillman hopes to wrap this up before the end of the year.

The applicants have to pass a background check. Those on the short list have either government experience, military experience and knowledge of labor relations with regards to negotiating contracts.

It was in October of 2018 that the city parted ways with city manager David Hales after less than one year on the job.

City Attorney Marty Shanahan then served as Interim City Manager until he was removed by the city council in June of this year in a controversial 5 to 3 vote.

Joliet’s economic development director Steve Jones assumed the city manager duties but informed the council that he has no intention of applying for the position full-time.