Benson in running for Lockport post
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org July 3, 2013 7:50PM
Joliet Assistant City Manager Ben Benson was one of two finalists for the city administrator job in Clinton, Iowa. | Bob Okon~Sun-TImes Media
Updated: August 5, 2013 6:42PM
Joliet Assistant City Manager Ben Benson is a candidate for the top administrative job in Lockport.
Benson on Friday did not return phone calls and an email seeking comment, and Lockport Mayor Steve Streit would not comment on whether Benson has been hired for the job.
“I just don’t want to make any comment just yet,” Streit said. “He’s a good guy, and we’ve definitely been talking with him.”
Joliet Mayor Thomas Giarrante said the city is bracing for the loss of both Benson and City Manager Thomas Thanas.
“It’s going to be a problem. No doubt about it,” Giarrante said.
Giarrante said he would recommend holding off on replacing Benson until the new city manager is hired.
In Lockport, Frank Koehler is currently the interim city administrator.
Benson was one of two finalists for the city administrator position in Clinton, Iowa, last month. After he did not get the job, Benson said he would continue to consider opportunities to become a city administrator, including local openings.
Benson, however, said he would not pursue the city manager job in Joliet.
Joliet two weeks ago began the recruitment process to replace Thanas. Hiring a new city manager in Joliet is expected to take about three months, although Thanas is expected to stay until his replacement is hired.
Thanas’s resignation occurred in May during a closed session of the council in which he reportedly got into a disagreement with a council member. But he had also resigned earlier this year — also after a disagreement with certain council members during an open meeting — before deciding to stay after the council voted to reject his resignation.