The Grand Island City Council votes on the interim city manager

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (Nebraska) — Mayor Roger Steele will ask the Grand Island City Council to appoint Laura McAloon as interim city administrator.

During Tuesday’s meeting, board members will consider appointing the city attorney to fill the position until the permanent position is filled following the retirement of city manager Jerry Janulewicz.

In early December, Mayor Steele said Laura McAloon was his choice to be city manager, but the council denied approval.

City Councilman Chuck Haase has criticized the mayor for not appointing an interim administrator and for not proposing a search firm to find candidates for the job. He also said McAloon had no experience as a city manager.

Following McAloon’s denial as city manager, the city council awarded a contract to Government Professional Solutions of Colorado to recruit candidates for both the city manager post and the public works/city engineer job.

HR director Aaron Schmid told the board the recruiting process would take 12 to 15 weeks, plus another 2 to 3 weeks for contract negotiations, nominations and confirmation.

In a council memo for Tuesday’s meeting, the mayor said if McAloon is confirmed as interim city administrator, she will continue to fulfill her duties as city attorney.

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