Shanahan to serve as Joliet interim city manager

Brock A. Stein | 4/18/2017, 7:52 p.m.
Joliet mayor Bob O'Dekirk on Tuesday night announced that city attorney Martin Shanahan would serve as interim city manager starting ...
Martin Shanahan

Joliet mayor Bob O’Dekirk announced Tuesday night that corporation counsel Martin Shanahan will serve as interim city manager following the retirement of Jim Hock on May 3.

Inspector General Chris Regis will fill Shanahan’s role during the interim period as the city conducts its search.

“It’s probably the most seemless way to do this as opposed to taking someone else from the city or hiring someone from the outside,” said the mayor.

O’Dekirk said that he expected the search for a new city manager to take about 3 months.

Shanahan is a graduate of the University of St. Francis graduate and received his law degree from the John Marshall Law School.

He began as the city’s attorney in 2014 after the retirement of former counsel Jeff Plyman.

He previously worked as an attorney in the Joliet law firm of Spesia and Ayres, and also worked as Joliet's adjudication hearing officer and served in the role of municipal counsel for the cities of New Lenox, Rockdale, Minooka and Manhattan. In addition, he also served as an assistant state's attorney.