Although he has experience in the city administrator position, that does not make Rigg a shoe-in for the position.
Standing in his way are three other candidates — Tim Ridder, David Strohl and William Catalano.
Ridder is a public works official and oversees 73 employees in Des Plaines, Ill. Although he is not a city administrator, his leadership abilities play strongly in his favor.
Also, his work with the Rock Island, Ill., city manager several years ago puts his abilities level with the other four candidates.
Strohl used to work as the business manager for the village of Morton, Ill., but currently serves at the interim city manager for LeGrange, Mo. and Catalano, the former city administrator for Leroy, Ill., lives and works in Edwardsville, Ill.
All five candidates have been interviewed by the selection committee, and now must await the decision from the mayor.
Russell feels each candidate has strong capabilities for the position but doesn’t see the need to rush a decision if there is not agreement within the department on who will be the best fit.
“Even though it is a mayoral appointment the best way to get a unanimous decision is to get input from other departments,” Russell said. “If we decide that none of the candidates pass our test, then we go back and reload.”