Morrison might choose administrator soon

Council will conduct final interviews

MORRISON – The city could decide on a new city administrator as early as Monday.

Recently, a five-member committee made up of city department heads, the chamber of commerce’s director and a retired school administrator, narrowed a list of 50 applicants to four finalists, Mayor Everett Pannier said.

On Saturday, the City Council will hold a closed session to interview the finalists. A decision could be made at the council’s regular meeting Monday.

The position will pay $65,000 to $80,000, depending on experience.

Former City Administrator Jim Wise, who made $75,000, lost support on the City Council during his 2 years at the helm. After Pannier took office in May, he decided against renewing Wise’s contract.

Of the four finalists, none is a Whiteside County resident, although one lived here before, Pannier said. Under state law, cities can keep the names of finalists secret.

As part of the interview process, Pannier has arranged for people to take each candidate on a tour of Morrison.

Pannier said he hoped the council would vote on an administrator after a closed session at Monday’s council meeting. However, he said, the council “could come in and say we’re not sure, or we’ll need to reinterview.”

He hoped to have the new administrator start in early October.

As for what he’s seeking in an administrator, Pannier said, “We want to make sure the person is very capable of the administrative part of it. Communication is a big key.”

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