EVANSTON, IL — Following an abortive attempt by Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty's to bypass the public search process for a new city manager and appoint the interim officeholder on a permanent basis, city officials announced plans for a pair of public community meetings in the coming weeks to solicit feedback.
The meetings will provide residents a chance to offer input on the traits and characteristics they want to see from a new city manager, according to an announcement this week from city staff. Similar public meetings were planned in March, but the public health emergency declared in response to the coronavirus pandemic led to their cancellation.
Former City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz department last fall. Since then, his former deputy, Erika Storlie, has served in the role as the city's chief administrative officer and the only city employee supervised by aldermen.
Evanston aldermen hired the Northbrook-based executive search firm GovHR, which has previously been hired by the city to fill vacancies and which includes several former senior Evanston officials on its payroll, to manage a nationwide search process to identify a permanent replacement for Bobkiewicz.
The first meeting is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The second is scheduled for a week later at 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 7.
Advance online registration is required for both sessions, which will be held online through Zoom video-teleconferencing soft, it said. Questions can be submitted ahead of time to EvanstonCityManager@govhrusa.com.
"All interested community members are encouraged to attend either of the meetings to learn about the search process and timeline, and to provide input," city staff said in a release.
The city has also opened a confidential community survey in English and Spanish. Submissions will be accepted through July 10, according to city staff. The search firm plans to take feedback from the surveys and public meetings to help its recruitment process.
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