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Wayne's Words: Welcome to the new City Manager

Wayne Horne | 10/12/2017, 9:18 a.m.
The City Council has hired a new Joliet City Manager. The buzzword in local government today is TRANSPARENCY. Its talked ...

According to published reports in Bloomington, oversight of the city-owned/privately managed operation was lax or non-existent. Some of that was due to a poorly executed contract and audits not uncovering any fraud.

Forget the past, you say? It always seems to repeat itself.

One last thing… New City Manager David Hales should be able to hit the ground running as soon as he starts in November. After all, he only has a three-year contract. Given his years of experience and his age, he’ll probably retire at the end of the contract. That’s what the last two City Managers, Tom Thanas and Jim Hock, did. Maybe Joliet is where City Managers come to retire.

It might take a day or two to introduce himself around city hall. The City has done several studies over the years that outline city issues and solutions. He can be reviewing the info between now and his start date. There are several projects going on around town that won’t allow much time for studying.

His experience with the Coliseum in Bloomington should give him a hand up in figuring out how to extract revenue from our semi-dormant baseball stadium (Money pit?). And don’t forget about Evergreen Terrace. Welcome and good luck!

Stay tuned…