As the Evanston City Council continues its search for a new city manager, one thing that’s become evident as that once a new manager is chosen, that person will have a lot of other jobs to fill in city government.
Just looking at the top positions on the city’s org chart, the ongoing exodus of employees has left roughly half the top jobs filled by persons with “interim” or “acting” as part of their job title.
And a large number of lower-ranking city managerial jobs also are either vacant or filled by workers who’ve received temporary promotions into their current positions.
Ever since City Manager Erika Storlie resigned under pressure last August, the new City Council elected last April, some of whose members sought her exit, has had difficulty finding a person they could agree on to replace her.
After a $25,000 fee to a California-based search firm failed to produce a candidate the council members could agree on, the city last month signed a $70,000 contract with a Maryland-based firm to take over the search.
The number of slots to fill grew just last week when Parks Director Lawrence Hemingway stepped down, days before the release of a law firm’s independent investigation into reports of sexual abuse of seasonal employees at the city’s beaches.
With City Council rules requiring seven votes from among the nine alderman and mayor to name a new manager, residents will have to wait and see what luck the new search firm will have in finding a candidate willing to take the job who enough council members will agree would be a good choice to manage the city’s operations.