Peoria City Council to discuss police chief, vacant council seat

By WEEK Producer

Peoria City Council to discuss police chief, vacant council seat

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Despite a light agenda, the Peoria City Council is expected to discuss some very important issues behind closed doors tonight.

While executive session is confidential in nature, we are already hearing some of the topics that are expected to be discussed by the council tonight behind those closed doors.

First, some council members are expected to raise concerns over Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard.

They may even give City Manager Patrick Urich some disciplinary direction in regards to the Chief. However, Urich has final say on that matter.

They are also expected to discuss the 31 people that have expressed interest in filling the vacant seat of deceased at-large council member Gary Sandberg.

Out of the applicants, nearly 10 have recent ties to the city.

Clyde Gulley, Bill Spears and Frank Renner are former council members.

Randy Ray and Elizabeth Jensen are former legal council, Alma Brown served as a city spokesperson and Martha Ross serves on the District 150 School Board.

"I think there will probably be a couple weeks time where the council, if they choose to, talk to those folks and try to get a better understanding of what their passions are and what their vision is for the city,” said Mayor Jim Ardis.

No final decision will be made on the vacant seat until it can be voted on in open session.

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