EVANSTON, IL — The search for Evanston’s next city manager returns to the drawing board after one of two finalists for the job accepted another position.
Daniel Ramos, Baltimore’s assistant city manager and deputy chief of state, was set to begin contract negotiations when he told city officials he had withdrawn from the review, the city council said in a statement Tuesday.
“As the City Council sees no way forward with the current search, it intends to resume the search process with a new recruitment firm as soon as possible,” it said.
The search was led by Sacramento, California-based firm CPS HR Consulting, which was awarded a $25,000 contract in September 2021 to recruit a permanent replacement for former city manager Erika Storlie.
Kelley Gandurski, interim city manager, has been leading the staff since Storlie’s negotiated resignation took effect in October. Storlie took over the village administration of East Dundee last month.
Ald. Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, who announced she would step down at the end of the month after seeing the city manager hiring process, told Patch she would not be staying for a new search.
Ramos said his new position would be announced later Tuesday afternoon.
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The city council statement said the mayor and councilors appreciate everyone who has applied for the position and everyone who has been involved in the process so far.
“The City Council is committed to a community-informed search,” he continued, “and will provide updates to the community as more information becomes available.”
This is an evolving story, more information will be added as it is received.