Shanahan steps downs as interim Joliet City Manager

Brock A. Stein | 11/29/2017, 10:47 a.m.
Shanahan served for 7 months as interim city manager as Joliet officials conducted a search for a new permanent replacement ...
Martin Shanahan

Attorney Martin Shanahan has ended his 7-month tenure as interim city manager in Joliet.

Shanahan steps down as new city manager David Hales was expected to begin in Joliet on November 27.

Shanahan, who will return to his job as city attorney, said that his time as interim city manager “was quite an experience.”

He thanked his wife Gabriella for her patience as he took on the responsibilities of the all-consuming job during what he called “the summer that wasn’t” which left little time for their preferred warm-weather activities of biking and boating. Shanahan also announced that he and his wife were expecting a child next year.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk thanked Shanahan for stepping in to the role of “a very difficult job” after the sudden retirement of former City Manager Jim Hock who departed on May 3.

“Marty you did a great job,” said O’Dekirk last week.

Shanahan became city attorney in 2014 after the retirement of former counsel Jeff Plyman.

He previously worked as an attorney in the Joliet law firm of Spesia and Ayres, and also worked as Joliet's adjudication hearing officer and served in the role of municipal counsel for the cities of New Lenox, Rockdale, Minooka and Manhattan. In addition, he also served as an assistant state's attorney.

The Joliet City Council approved the hiring of David Hales as its new city manager in September. Hales, who previously served as city manager in Bloomington, IL, received a 3-year contract with an annual salary of $215,000 per year.