SYCAMORE – A familiar face in local government within DeKalb County is being recommended for the DeKalb County administrator role, as the full-time position opened up last year with the former officials’ retirement.
Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory has applied to be the next DeKalb County Administrator, according to county board officials Wednesday.
Gregory said Thursday he thought the county administrator position provides a new challenge for him with responsibilities that align well with his skill set and professional experiences.
“This position allows me an opportunity for professional growth within the area I have called home ever since starting as [a Northern Illinois University] student,” Gregory said.
Gary Hanson, who retired as the county’s administrator and is serving as interim currently, said Gregory is a ‘very talented individual, a seasoned administrator and passionate about government.’ He said the county was looking for someone with a strong financial background and someone who could continue to build relationships on behalf of the county.
“We think that’s really important because all communities grow and prosper ... and Brian will be helpful with that,” Hanson said.
The DeKalb County Board executive committee voted, 9-0, during their Wednesday meeting to approve Gregory as the recommendation for the county administrator position. The County Board will vote on whether to appoint Gregory during its next meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Hanson retired as of Dec. 31 after 37 years of service with the county, which included him working as the county’s finance director and later the county’s administrator, according to county documents. In November, the County Board unanimously approved keeping Hanson on board on an interim basis between his retirement date and the starting date of his successor with a pay rate of $92.20 per hour.
Hanson said the county had between 15 and 20 applicants for the job and the county was very fortunate to have a lot of good candidates within that pool.
“I think at this point in time that Brian is the best match for what the county needs in the next 10, 20 years,” Hanson said.
Gregory said he has served on many boards and committees with Hanson, along with other county officials, and has worked with county leadership throughout the years. He said he is humbled to be selected and recommended for the county administrator position by the county board executive committee.
“I have been impressed with their approach to public service and look forward to contributing in a positive way,” Gregory said.
If the County Board approves appointing Gregory for the position, his start date would be March 1.