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Manager moves to fill department head slots

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he hopes fill several vacant top-level positions in city government soon — with the first selection likely within two weeks.

First in line to be filled is the job of community development director, vacant since Jim Wolinski retired last year.

Bobkiewicz says the search for a replacement now has been narrowed to two candidates.


Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he hopes fill several vacant top-level positions in city government soon — with the first selection likely within two weeks.

First in line to be filled is the job of community development director, vacant since Jim Wolinski retired last year.

Bobkiewicz says the search for a replacement now has been narrowed to two candidates.

Planning Director Dennis Marino has been filling the community development job on an interim basis.

At a 6th and 7th wards meeting Thursday night, Bobkiewicz said the city has also been recruiting for a new head for the city’s law department, and he planned to conduct interviews with six leading candidates today.

That position has been vacant since the retirement of Herb Hill last year, with Elke Purze filling in on an interim basis.

The city had started looking for a new public works director to replace John Burke, who left for another job, before Bobkiewicz was hired.

But Bobkiewicz says that search has been suspended because of the lapse of time and will be restarted soon. He said he hopes to be conducting interviews for the public works job by the first of the year.

The city also has a vacant position for a second assistant city manager, and Bobkiewicz said he will propose eliminating that job in next year’s budget.

And he said a decision on whether to fill the position of economic development director, created after the retirement of former assistant city manager Judy Aiello, who had also filled that role, is on hold.

He said that, depending on the qualifications of the new community development director, the city may or may not need to fill the economic development job.

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