Eisenhauer among candidates for village administrator

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RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer is one of three candidates vying to become the next village administrator.

The village board will conduct interviews on three candidates at its Tuesday night meeting. Rick Snider leaves the position at the end of September.

Eisenhauer has been Danville’s mayor for more than 15 years since his first election in May 2003. He also served as assistant director of Vermilion County’s Emergency Management Agency for five years. He is pursing the job because his position as mayor could become part time if Danville votes to adopt a city manager form of government, which Eisenhauer is against. 

The other two candidates are David Nord and Jeffery Eder.

Nord is a private consultant who previously served as village administrator for Cherry Valley, for 25-years. He also served as administrator and manager of Dixon during its recovery from the largest case of municipal theft in U.S. history.

Eder is the city administrator in East Peoria. He previously served as assistant city manager in Rock Island and was director of community development in Franklin Park for more than eleven years.

The board will not make a final decision until a closed session in early September, but still the news shocked many in Danville, including some aldermen. Alderman Ricky Williams told us he heard the news from WCIA. 

Meanwhile supporter and organizers of Moving Danville Forward are calling Eisenhauer’s move hypocritical. The village administrator’s job is the same position the group is trying to add to Danville in the form of city manager. 

Meanwhile, the mayor says the managerial government works in some places, but he still doesn’t think it’s good for Danville. He is pursuing this job because Rantoul and Danville have similar challenges, which Eisenhauer thinks he could help tackle. 

Eisenhauer makes $73,000 per year as mayor. Rantoul Village Administrator Rick Snider makes $135,000 per year in his position. 

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