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Joliet lawyer tapped for city corporation counsel job

12/18/2014, 11:23 a.m.
Martin Shanahan, a municipal lawyer and Joliet's adjudication hearing officer, will start his new job on Jan. 5.
Martin Shanahan

Joliet lawyer Martin Shanahan Jr., a University of St. Francis graduate, has been tapped to be the city of Joliet's next corporation counsel.

Shanahan succeeds Jeff Plyman, who retired in October after working for the city for 28 years.

He'll start his new job on Jan. 5.

Shanahan, an attorney with the Joliet firm of Spesia and Ayres since 2001, has been Joliet's adjudication hearing officer for more than a year and has also been the municipal lawyer for the villages of New Lenox, Rockdale, Minooka and Manhattan. He also spent three years as an assistant state's attorney.

He received his bachelor's degree from USF in Joliet and his law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

“When selecting among qualified candidates, you look for the best fit for the city and community," City Manager Jim Hock said. "Marty Shanahan will be a positive asset to our organization and the residents of Joliet.”