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|Knoxville May Want City Administrator Again
|It was only the first time a discussion had been held, but there's already some contention over what has become a sore issue over the years in the City of Knoxville.
The council held an Administrative Committee meeting Monday night, where it was proposed that the city hire an administrator -- a position the city hasn't had since the late Ron White left years ago, and since a new administrator was hired but almost immediately terminated.
Alderman Jim McGovern says if the city wants to have its own identity at least from an economic development standpoint, some sort of administrator is crucial.
"We're not going to get there just sitting here as a, quote unquote, 'suburb of Galesburg,'" McGovern said. "You know that's how we're looked at, is a suburb of Galesburg. If we don't do something, we ARE going to be a suburb of Galesburg. And then, we're going to have two people sitting on a council over there, that are going to be outmanned and outgunned by 15 or 16 other different people that don't really care what we have to say."
Aldermen agreed to try and enlist the help of the Illinois City Managers Association, but even that drew criticism from City Treasurer Jim Whitney, who said it was a waste of the time last time.
Whitney, however, was shot down by Alderman Tom Worden, who said Whitney doesn't have an opinion because he's not an alderman.
It's not clear what specifically will happen next.
(Four Knoxville aldermen took their oaths of office Monday. Left to right: Jim McGovern, Ed Mahar, Dave Malone, and Kirk Heller. Malone was appointed to replace Bart Randall. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|05 03 11 by Newsroom
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