Bloomington, Ill., city manager among finalists for Topeka city manager

Bloomington, Ill., city manager David Hales is among finalists for the Topeka city manager’s job, Bloomington spokeswoman Nora Dukowitz confirmed Thursday.


Hales has been Bloomington’s city manager since 2008, she said.

The 2010 census showed Bloomington, which is located in central Illinois, had a population of 76,610 compared to 127,692 in that census for Topeka.

Hales was a finalist earlier this year for city administrator in Racine, Wis., but took himself out of the running, reported Bloomington’s WGLT-FM Radio.

Under Hales’ leadership, Bloomington has gone through significant layoffs, rebuilt fund reserves, increased funding for streets and retirement funds and gone through an extensive planning process, that station reported.

Hales previously was city manager of Bend, Ore., resigning after less than two years on the job at age 49 in November 2003, according to The Bulletin, a newspaper serving central Oregon.

Hales became the first candidate whose name was publicly revealed among finalists being brought in next week to interview for the Topeka city manager’s job left vacant by last October’s resignation of Jim Colson.

Former deputy city manager Doug Gerber has since served as interim city manager. Gerber has publicly indicated he’s seeking the city manager’s position.

The city plans to publicly release the names of the finalists Friday, according to media relations coordinator Amy McCarter.

City officials haven’t indicated how many finalists remain. Those finalists will be in Topeka on July 21 and 22, Mayor Larry Wolgast said last week. A schedule of events will be forthcoming, he said.

The interview process will include a chance for public engagement with the finalists, McCarter said. Topeka officials haven’t revealed whether finalists will be interviewed in public.

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