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Police chief named interim Aledo city administrator

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Outgoing City Administrator Bob Mahrt, left, shares a laugh with Mayor Chris Hagloch near the end of Monday's Aledo City Council meeting.

Aledo Police Chief Christopher Sullivan was selected Monday (March 21) by the City Council to also serve as the city's interim police chief. Current City Administrator Bob Mahrt's last day on the job is Thursday. He is leaving to become city administrator in the east-central Illinois town of Monticello.

Sullivan was chosen following a closed session at the end of the council's regular business. Mayor Chris Hagloch said the search for Mahrt's replacement will begin soon.

"The council has approved moving forward with the search," Hagloch said. "Within the next week or two, we will put out applications for a new city administrator. It will probably be out for four or five weeks."

There will then be a process to whittle down the number of applicants and conduct interviews.

"I would guess we're probably looking at three months, minimum" before a new city administrator is hired, the mayor said.

Sullivan acknowledged his new position will mean some extra duties "but, also, it's not long-term either," he said.

While the chief helped the mayor in Grafton, where Sullivan was previously police chief, when the public works director left, he said he's confident he has enough experience to do what will be required of him.

"I'm just trying to keep the boat going straight until somebody else comes in," he said.

Sullivan will be paid an additional amount "not to exceed $5,000" to handled the interim position.

Mayor Hagloch thanked Mahrt for his service to the city and wished him well in his move to Monticello.

In other personnel business, the council will conduct interviews tonight (Tuesday) for the new part-time position of economic development coordinator.