DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A 9-year city council member will take over for Mayor Scott Eisenhauer when he leaves the job in November.
The city council chose Rickey Williams, Jr., as interim mayor Tuesday night. He takes over November 6, when Eisenhauer leaves to become Rantoul’s village administrator.
Williams has served on the city council since 2009 and has run for mayor before. He was one of three to run against Eisenhauer in 2011.
While serving as interim, Williams will keep his other job as head of Project Success. The afterschool program serves kids in Vermilion County. Williams says he’ll split his time between jobs.
The Danville-native says being mayor has been his dream because his calling is to help people. He said one of his biggest priorities is the budget.
Starting November 6, Williams will serve as interim mayor through the city’s mayoral election, April 2, 2019. Williams says he plans to run to become the official mayor then.
In next month’s election, people will vote whether to adopt a new form of government, adding a city manager and making the mayor’s position part-time.
If voters make that decision, it would take effect at the city election in April.