The Evanston City Council’s continuing inability to land a new city manager got some outside attention Monday.
The Chicago Tribune published a lengthy editorial headlined “Evanston can’t be so rough on its city manager that no one wants the job.”
It recounted the long search saga so far and endorsed the recent suggestion from Mayor Daniel Biss that for round three of the search the Council should just present one candidate to the community — rather than publicly identifying two finalists.
The Trib called Evanston a place “where contention floats through the air.”
And there was more evidence for that — with the Citizens Network of Protection emailing Biss and council members Sunday demanding that interim Police Chief Richard Eddington’s contract not be extended beyond the end of this month and insisting that a state police trooper be named to fill the interim job instead.
As for the city manager search itself — the Council has yet to schedule any special closed-door meetings this week to consider possible candidates for the job.
The Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday afternoon for “ethics training” for its members — something the alders are supposed to undergo periodically.