A New City Manager In Pekin

By Nick Perreault

June 30, 2011 Updated Jun 30, 2011 at 10:10 PM CDT

The city of Pekin now has a new City Manager.

The city council appointed Joseph Wuellner to become Pekin's city manager by a 6 to 0 vote.

The decision came in executive session at a special meeting early Thursday evening.

Wuellner replaces Frank Mackaman, who was the acting interim City Manager.

Pekin has been searching for a city manager for weeks now and Wuellner is happy the council appointed him and says there are things that need to be addressed immediately; such as sewer and storm operations and overall street maintenance funding.

"Right now we need to look at shifting our focus to shall we say to the north half of veterans drive and trying to work on expansion within the community from an economic development standpoint," Wuellner said.

Wuellner signed a three year contract for $117,000 a year, with additional benefits based on performance.

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