Rantoul mayor hopes for new administrator in 4 to 6 months

Rantoul mayor hopes for new administrator in 4 to 6 months

RANTOUL — The last time the village was in the market for a new administrator, it took eight months to make a hire — nine months total for him to start the job.

David Johnston stepped down as administrator in January 2008. Bruce Sandahl was hired to replace Johnston in August of that year.

Mayor Chuck Smith is hoping it doesn't take as long to hire a replacement for Sandahl, whom Smith fired in late February. The application deadline is Thursday.

Smith said his goal is to have an administrator on the job in four to six months. After a selection of candidates to interview, the number will be pared to four. The public will be allowed to meet the four candidates at a "get-together and get-acquainted time," Smith said.

That will be followed by additional interviews.

Unlike the firing process, in which the mayor has the right to terminate the administrator without village board approval, it is necessary for the board to approve the new hire.

Smith said he doesn't foresee the administrator's job description changing much from when Sandahl held the position.

He said Sandahl has signed the severance agreement that Smith offered him. Smith said he could not comment on terms, which will be made public when the board votes on it at its April 8 regular meeting.

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