Cal City Council defers approval to reappoint several city department heads

2014-05-09T10:45:00Z 2014-05-09T22:14:08Z Cal City Council defers approval to reappoint several city department headsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
May 09, 2014 10:45 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council gave its approval Thursday to the reappointment of deputies for City Clerk Nyota Figgs and City Treasurer Gerald Tarka, but delayed appointing people to 18 municipal positions, including police chief, fire chief, city attorney and building commissioner.

Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush requested the delay in nominating 18 people to run city agencies. She said she still needs to talk to a couple of people and would prefer to get all 18 appointments approved at once, rather than piecemeal.

Those approvals could come on May 22, at the next City Council meeting.

The 18 positions that need to be filled will not result in any changes in government leadership. Qualkinbush said her intent is to reappoint the same 18 people to the positions, which also include corporation counsel, Emergency Services & Disaster Agency coordinator, health commissioner, and police and fire commission head.

Among the reappointments aldermen approved Thursday were Roseann Bonato as deputy clerk and Nicole Rudder as deputy treasurer. Both terms were extended to April 30, 2015, by unanimous vote. Without aldermanic action, their employment would have ceased as of last week.

Aldermen did vote 7-0 to extend Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore's one-year contract to April 30, 2015.

Qualkinbush said it was a “misstep” to not approve both acts related to Gilmore’s employment at one time, but said it would be cleared up when the City Council votes later this month to approve the appointment.

In other business, 6th Ward Alderman Nick Manousopoulos inquired about aldermen attending discussions between City Finance Director John Kasperek and department heads as they draft a city appropriations ordinance. Manousopoulos said he had not heard anything from Kasperek in response to when such talks would begin. The ordinance dictates how municipal government spends its money.

Qualkinbush said Kasperek told her he would contact aldermen in the coming week.

Under Illinois law, the current fiscal year for city government began May 1. But the City Council has until July 31 to approve the ordinance.

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