Sycamore seeks replacement city manager

By Dave Gong

The search for a permanent replacement for Sycamore City Manger Bill Nicklas will be conducted throughout October, said Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy.

In the meantime, Brian Gregory, assistant city manager and treasurer, has been named acting city manager. Mundy said Gregory will perform the duties of assistant city manager and treasurer while serving as acting city manager.

Nicklas recently accepted a position as NIU’s associate vice president for Institutional Planning and Sustainability, said NIU President John Peters on Aug. 29.

Gregory said Nicklas’ last day will be Sept. 30, and Gregory will begin as acting city manager on Oct. 1.

While Gregory declined to comment on whether he will apply for the permanent city manager position, he said he plans to continue to provide the same level of service to which Sycamore residents are accustomed.

Gregory said as the fall season progresses, he and his staff will begin looking at Sycamore’s budget for fiscal year ‘13.

According to an NIU Today article, Nicklas will help the university develop and implement the plans in order to reach the goals set by the Vision 2020 Initiative.

Brad Hoey, team leader for NIU Media Relations, said Nicklas is set to start his new position Oct. 3.

“It’s a huge loss for Sycamore,” Mundy said. “He has been an excellent city manager for 13 years.”

Mundy said Nicklas has worked as Sycamore city manager for longer than most city managers in other communities.

“[Nicklas] has been a great asset to our organization,” Gregory said. “I wish him the best in his new position at NIU.”