CALUMET CITY | The City Council has approved Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush's reappointments of a dozen individuals to top city government leadership positions.
By a 7-0 vote Thursday and without any public discussion, the council approved reappointments of Edward Gilmore as police chief, Bill Galgan as fire chief, the Evergreen Park-based law firm of Odelson & Sterk as city attorney and Lansing-based attorney Dennis Gianopolus as the city’s prosecutor/corporation counsel.
Other appointments approved included Rochelle Jackson as director of the city’s Office of Professional Standards; George Vallis as purchasing/personnel director; Len Chiaro to head the Emergency Services & Disaster Agency; Russell Watson as city insurance investigator; Randy Barron as Inspectional Services director/building commissioner; and Juan Tellez as city health commissioner.
Appointments also were made for the city pharmaceuticals commissioner and plumbing inspector posts.
“We’re keeping the same people in place,” Qualkinbush said.
The council held off on approving anyone to be head of the city’s Public Works Department (currently headed by Nick Yovkovich) at Qualkinbush’s request, although she said that appointment would be made in the near future.
Also on Thursday, the City Council approved a two-year contract extension for Dolfin Inc., a consulting firm operated by Tom Mannix to handle public relations duties for city government.
The council also gave unanimous approval to a three-year extension of the contract the city has with BP Consultants Inc. — a firm that provides lobbyists for city government to represent the city’s interests at the Statehouse in Springfield.
The contract to run through April 30, 2016, will pay the firm $2,250 per month.
Aldermen also approved an amendment to ordinance concerning nonunion employees of the city, adding positions for foremen with the Public Works Department and an administrative assistant position for the mayor’s office to the city payroll.
Among actions still to be taken are assigning City Council members to committees.
Aldermen currently are overseeing the same committees they ran during their previous term — with no one chairing the Permits and Licenses committee that was run by former Alderman Brian Wilson.
His replacement, Ramonde Williams, has yet to receive any committee duties.
Qualkinbush said Thursday she has been busy tending to other duties to ensure that government operates properly during the four-year term she and other aldermen began May 1.
“The next meeting, I hope to have committee assignments ready,” the mayor said. “I’ve been busy.”