He may still live 433 miles away, but Darrell Blenniss has already started to make Danville his home.
The recently hired city manager was in town Monday looking for a place for he and his family to live, and then spent the day with the mayor and city staff.
Blenniss plans to officially begin the first week in March.
"I can't wait to get here," he said.
The 32-year-old said knowledge of city finances are one of his strongest assets. As an assistant city manager in Grayslake, Ill., Blenniss built a computer model of the city's eight-year financial forecast.
The tool helped the village board there assess how their policy decisions affected the city's finances. For example, if they wanted to consider hiring two new police officers, he could plug it into the model and see how that would affect the village's budget. Blenniss said the model also helped the staff stay on top of the numbers, something he sees as an important job for city manager.