Pekin city government will have a huge hole to fill next year with the retirements of department managers and Mayor Rusty Dunn's decision not to seek re-election next spring.
Pekin City manager Dennis Kief , was among the first to publicly announce his retirement the end of December. Since then three other city heads: police chief Ted Miller, Deputy Chief John Ghidina, and Transportation Superintendent Greg Ranney said they will follow suit. Kief says for many of them the decision started more than a year ago.
" People have left over the course of the last year and a half for a number of reasons. I think it's a coincidence that there's been a number of them here very close together," Kief said.
This week mayor Rusty Dunn announced he would not seek re-election next spring. Dunn has asked Dirksen Center Director Frank Mackaman to return to city hall as interim city manager.
It's not the first time for Mackaman, he filled in as interim mayor in 2006 after former mayor Lyn Howard was forced to resign after he was convicted of official misconduct.
"Well never in my wildest imagination did I expect to be an interim city manager, so from that aspect I'm certainly surprised, " Mackaman said.
As interim city manager Mackaman will be responsible for naming some of the departmental replacements. Kief says despite the impending vaccum in leadership city government will not be impacted.
"You're not gonna see a glitch in services or day to day operations in the city of Pekin. This community will continue in fine condition," Kief said.
Mackaman will also continue working at the Dirksen Center while in his temporary role at city hall.