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City Announces City Manager Finalists

Post Date:05/29/2018 2:34 PM


There are three finalists for the City of Bloomington City Manager position. In total, the City received 31 applications, narrowing down its final round of interviews to three candidates. The finalists are (in alphabetical order):


Jim Culotta– Jim Culotta is the City Administrator for Washington, Illinois. As Administrator in Washington and throughout his career, Jim has fostered good government, which is exemplified by integrity, strategic collaboration, and continuous improvement. Prior to his current position in Washington, Jim was the Town Administrator for Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Assistant to the Village Manager in Barrington, Illinois, and Director of Administration and Interim Town Manager for Fishers, Indiana.  During his tenure, these communities received several recognitions and awards, including Money Magazine’s #8 Best Place to Live, Wisconsin Good Government Award, WCMA Outstanding Program Award, two bond rating upgrades, and the Wisconsin Public Policy Forum’s Effective Use of Technology or Data Award.


Tim Gleason–  Tim Gleason is City Manager for the City of Decatur, IL. As City Manager, Mr. Gleason is responsible for the delivery of public services with an all funds budget exceeding $170 million annually, made up of ten different departments. Tim served in the U.S. Army. Tim is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. After a 20+ year career in law enforcement, he served three years with the State of Illinois as CEO of IL Correctional Industries and as a Deputy Director at the IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Tim served as the City Manager for Washington, IL for two and a half years. His tenure in Washington covered the EF4 tornado that destroyed a large portion of the community on November 17, 2013 causing $150+ million in damage. After the rebuilding of Washington, Tim became City Manager in Decatur where he is in his fourth year.


Steve Rasmussen– Steve Rasmussen was hired as Assistant City Manager of Bloomington in 2014 and is currently serving as Interim City Manager. Previously, he was Chief City Administrator of Jefferson, MO (pop. 43,330) from 2006-2011. Before joining Bloomington, he worked as Vice President of Interim Solutions, a company that uses interim executives and directors to fill vacant positions until an executive position is permanently filled. His background includes over 28 years of service in the military, including a role as Garrison Commander of Fort Campbell, KY (pop. 25,000), where he was responsible for the infrastructure of the 165-square mile installation, managed a public works force of nearly 1,000 unionized workers and acted as the primary union interface. Additionally, Rasmussen, a retired army colonel, earned the Bronze Star among other awards. He received his bachelors degree in Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and holds two masters degrees, one in English from Syracuse University and one in International Affairs from Salve Regina University.  


Finalists were selected based on their qualifications, likely fit for the community and organization, and a compelling reason and desire to be in Bloomington.


As part of the final selection process, the public is invited to attend a Meet and Greet with the candidates on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm at City Hall. 


Additionally, finalists will interview with a small group of City staff, and finally with the City Council.


Applications were submitted from 15 different states, ranging from Alaska, Washington, California, Arizona, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia.


In February 2018, the City contracted with the consulting firm GovHR USA, LLC to launch a national search to recruit qualified candidates for the City Manager position.


GovHR USA provides executive recruiting and interim staffing solutions, management and human resource consulting to local government and nonprofit clients across the country. Founders Heidi Voorhees and Joellen Earl each bring more than 30 years of expertise to the company through backgrounds working as managers in local government, and as consultants working with public sector clients. A team of seasoned executive recruiters, human resource and management consultants, staffing specialists, and professional development experts provide the highest level of services available in the industry.