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Finalist’s contract goes public

Meet-and-greet with new city administrator scheduled for Tuesday

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 12:55 p.m. CDT

DIXON – Residents will get their first look at David Nord’s contract tonight.

After about a week and a half of negotiating, the city and Nord, the finalist for the city administrator job, reached a verbal agreement Oct. 25, according to Police Chief Danny Langloss.

Langloss, who led a 10-person committee in the hiring process, said the city attorney was preparing the contract for its final approval.

The contract will be put on file during the Dixon City Council meeting at 6:30 tonight, Langloss said, and a public meet-and-greet is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Next Picture Show.

Nord, who was the village administrator in Cherry Valley for 25 years, holds a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University. Cherry Valley, a suburb of Rockford, has a population of about 3,000 and is home to CherryVale Mall and Magic Waters Waterpark.

Nord resigned from Cherry Valley in May to seek a new challenge, he told Sauk Valley Media in October.

Moving forward, the City Council will have a special meeting Nov. 12, when Nord is expected to be hired officially, Langloss said. His first day on the job would be Nov. 13.

The 10-person hiring committee included Langloss and commissioners Dennis Considine and Jeff Kuhn. They reviewed the résumés of 40 applicants before reaching a consensus on Nord.

Nord completed two interviews and met with department heads, city employees, and elected officials for a “finalist day,” according to the Oct. 25 news release.

Several counteroffers were made during the negotiations, Langloss said Friday, adding that he couldn’t release specifics of the contract until it was placed on file. The contract is comparable to those in other area cities that are similar to Dixon in size, he said.

“We made an initial offer to David,” Langloss said. “He countered that offer, and then we had an executive session, a couple executive sessions, to discuss that. The city re-countered, and then it came back to us. And then we met in executive session [Oct. 24], and then the council was provided terms that were in agreement to David Nord.” 

Nord also was president of the Illinois City/County Management Association, a support and networking group of professional city administrators throughout the state. Nord served on the ethics committee for this organization for 7 years.

Two-day affair

The Dixon City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the council chambers.

Go to www.DiscoverDixon.org or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.

The public meet-and-greet for David Nord, the finalist to be Dixon's city administrator, will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St.

 

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