Danville hires city manager

January 27, 2004|JIM LOGAN

Danville City Commission has selected a city manager to replace Steve Biven, who was forced out in April.

Darrell Blenniss Jr., 32, the assistant village manager in Grayslake, Ill., was selected from six finalists, said City Clerk Donna Gross.

Blenniss, who will start the first week of March, will be introduced to the community at the commission's Feb. 9 meeting.

Mayor John W.D. Bowling said Blenniss was the commission's unanimous choice.

"Everybody liked him," said Bowling. "We thought he'd be a tremendous asset to this community. I think the community will like him."


At Grayslake, a town of 20,000 east of Waukegan in northern Illinois, Blenniss helps oversee an $11 million operating budget, Bowling said.

"He's very, very strong in grants management, finances and personnel relations," he said.

Blenniss, who was not available for comment today, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville and a master's in public administration from Ohio State University.

Bowling said the commission has been negotiating salary and benefits with Blenniss but declined to provide any details. The commission will reveal his compensation package when he begins in March.

Interim City Manager Bridgette Milby is ready to get back to her position as assistant city manager when Blenniss starts.

Milby was a finalist for the city manager position but had said that she would stay on as assistant city manager if she wasn't chosen for the job.

"I look forward to working with Blenniss to achieve the goals and objectives of the city of Danville," she said in a telephone interview today.

Milby has been interim city manager for 10 months, assuming the position after Biven resigned.

"It hasn't been just me running the city for the past 10 months, but everyone worked together," she said.

Blenniss was in Danville on Monday looking at houses.

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