The city of Joliet is up in a whirlwind and Joliet City Councilman Pat Mudron seems to be at the center of concern. Last week the city council voted 5-3 that Marty Shanahan would not become the city next city manager of Joliet as Mayor Bob O’Dekirk had wished.
The actual concern comes in on a few facts that Mudron 5 wish not to discuss. The overall meeting at the city council went appropriately and it was handled, however, the firing of Marty Shanahan this last week may have been handled inappropriately.
With no prior city council approval, there was an email sent from 5 members of the city council at nearly the same time with no public meeting. Those 5 members are as follows, Don "Duck" Dickinson Council At Large, Pat Mudron District 2 , Bettye Gavin District 4, Mike Turk Council At-Large and Sherri Reardon District 3. What this means is simple, there must have been behind the scene communication.
On Wednesday, June 12 emails came in unison over a 6 hour period. The first email began at 3:54 p.m. Then , four more arrived, at 6:38 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:11 p.m. and the last at 10:43 p.m. Give or take a handful of words all of the emails were worded the same. Asking to add to the council agenda an action item to vote on the Termination of the Joliet, IL Interim City Manager. One after another over 6 hours they came in with a fury.
This not only shows that City Council members participated in some sort of closed meeting ,but also that they do not wish to work with mayor in finding a solution for the city. Instead an entitled Pat Mudron went above and beyond to announce he had spoken with former city manager Jim Hock and as of 10 hours ago it was announced that Hock would be brought in for an interview. Not only does it seem as if the old guard is going to bring back old ways to Joliet.