UPDATED: Danville mayor a finalist for Rantoul administrator

UPDATED: Danville mayor a finalist for Rantoul administrator

DANVILLE — The city may be in the market for a new mayor months before election day.

Calling it too appealing an opportunity to pass up, four-term city head and lifelong Danville resident Scott Eisenhauer is pursuing the six-figure village administrator vacancy in Rantoul.

He’s one of three finalists for the job Rick Snider plans to leave at the end of September, the village announced Tuesday. Also in the running: former Cherry Valley City Administrator David Nord and current East Peoria City Administrator Jeff Eder.

Eisenhauer spent Tuesday evening interviewing with Rantoul Village Board members behind closed doors — and not presenting to Danville City Council members the results of research he’d conducted on mayoral salaries across Illinois, as he was expected to do before Tuesday’s news broke.

While his term isn’t up until spring, the results of the next election could drastically alter the description of the job Eisenhauer has held since 2003.

On Nov. 6, Danville voters will decide whether the city keeps its current form of government or switches to a city manager-aldermanic structure. Under the latter, there would still be an elected mayor, but it would be a part-time job, something Eisenhauer has said he wouldn’t be interested in.

If he’s hired in Rantoul, he would become the fourth person in five years to hold the title of village administrator.

Since Bruce Sandahl’s contract was terminated in February 2014, the position has been held by Jeff Fiegenschuh (2014-17), who left to become city manager in Rochelle, and Snider, who resigned from the $135,000-a-year job after less than a year, citing personal reasons.

Eisenhauer is high on the potential of the position — and of Rantoul itself.

“When you drive around and look at all of the different opportunities — its proximity to the interstate, its available land, its proximity to the University of Illinois and the opportunities that that can develop — there were just so many great opportunities that, if given the chance, I would be able to take advantage” of, he said Tuesday.

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