DIXON – All indications are that David Nord is the final candidate for city administrator.
He was village administrator in Cherry Valley for 25 years from 1988 to 2013. A suburb of Rockford, Cherry Valley, with a population of about 3,143, is home to the CherryVale Mall and Magic Waters Waterpark.
Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss, a special assistant to the council who has led the hiring process, wouldn’t confirm on Wednesday that Nord was the choice.
He expects to make an announcement as soon as Friday.
The City Council will meet in closed session at 8:30 a.m. today to discuss final contract terms for the position.
Additionally, a background check on the candidate is expected to be completed by Friday, Langloss said.
“We want to make sure those two steps are completed, before we make an announcement,” Langloss said.
From there, a meet-and-greet town hall meeting will be scheduled next week to give the public an opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns about the candidate, the police chief said.
Nothing will be final, however, until the City Council approves the hire at its Nov. 6 council meeting.
Nord was at City Hall on Oct. 8 to meet Mayor Jim Burke.
The next day, City Hall closed for an hour, so city staff could prepare for a presentation at the town hall meeting regarding the $40 million out-of-court settlement from its former auditors and bank it said were responsible for former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s theft of nearly $54 million in city funds, Langloss said.
Also, city staff met with the final candidate that day, Langloss said.
Nord “unexpectedly resigned” in May as village administrator there, according to the Rockford Register Star. A memo from the village president Jim Claeyssen said Nord left to “pursue other interests.”
City employees of Cherry Valley are not allowed to comment on past employees, whether it be positive or negative, Village Clerk Dana Ward said Wednesday when asked about Nord.
Cherry Valley doesn’t levy a municipal property tax because of revenue from a special sales tax distribution generated by the mall.
Before serving as village administrator, Nord had worked as an administrative assistant and director of economic development for 2 years in the village.
He also served as president of the Illinois City/County Management Association, a support and networking group of professional city administrators throughout the state.
When asked if he could confirm he was the final candidate, Nord said he could not comment, adding it would be unethical for him to release information before the city makes its official announcement.
A 10-person committee led by Langloss, including commissioners Dennis Considine and Jeff Kuhn, reviewed the resumes of 40 applicants before determining the final candidate.
The city announced in April it was going to hire a city administrator after it was revealed City Engineer and Public Works Director Shawn Ortgiesen used city-issued credit cards for personal items, but closed-session minutes from a February council meeting showed commissioners had brought up the idea of an administrator before then.