Peoria's City manager May Be Leaving, Mayor Reacts

By Ashley McNamee

September 16, 2010 Updated Sep 16, 2010 at 10:23 PM CDT

With less than one year on the job, Peoria's City Manager, Scott Moore, may be on the move.

This would open the position for the second time in less than three years.

No one in City Hall seemed to have any idea Scott Moore was interviewing for the City Manager position in San Marco, Texas until he called from there Thursday morning.

It turns out Moore is one of three finalists for the position and has advanced to the second round of interviews next week.

Good news for Moore, who is from Texas, may be bad news for the city.

Moore took over the position last September after an extensive and expensive search by the city council beginning in February 2008 when Randy Oliver left.

Over the course of the last two years, the city paid about $30,000 to a headhunting firm to find Moore. The city also reimbursed him more than $3,000 in moving expenses.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says city managers stay in their positions on average about four years, but if Moore leaves before one full year, they will start the process to fill the position again.

"It is something we have no control over because of candidates leaving on their own or because the council desires a change. It is part of the process, it is money that has to be spent," said Ardis.

Moore issued this statement from Texas, "I enjoy the challenges we are working through in the city of Peoria, and it is also humbling to be approached by other communities who believe you possess the qualities that could be an asset to their organization."

Moore did sign a two-year contract when he came to Peoria, a contract that locked his annual salary at $165,000 for two years, but did not require him to stay that long.

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