City Manager's Office

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James D. Hock 
City Manager
City of Joliet
150 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 724-3720

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for the implementation of policies and programs approved by the City Council and to provide administrative leadership. In a Council/Manager form of government, the City Council sets policy and the City Manager is charged with the day to day administration of the City government.

More specifically, the City Manager is responsible for the following:

The City Manager implements Council policy decisions, provides reports and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council; appoints and supervises City department heads; manages and directs the operational activities and programs of the City of Joliet.

Plans, directs, coordinates, controls and evaluates activities of all City departments and related municipal functions, within broad guidelines and policies established by the Council.

Participates in meetings with City Council and standing committees; directs and participates in the preparation of the Council agenda; informs the Council of the status of activities, programs, problems, plans and departmental operations; makes recommendations to the Council and helps facilitate decision making; prepares special reports, as needed; participates in legislative matters pertaining to the City, at the local, state and national levels.

Collaborates with representatives of other governmental agencies to improve inter-governmental cooperation and maximize use of public resources; Directs the preparation of the annual operating budget for the City with the Department of Management and Budget, outlining revenues and a proposed spending plan for the Council’s review and implementing and administering the approved budget.

Hires all Department Heads and all employees, except those under the purview of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners; approves promotions, transfers, position classifications and reclassifications, demotions, and related personnel actions; proposes annual adjustments in salaries and benefits; participates with Legal Counsel in the disposition of employee discipline, grievances, disputes and other matters involving staff and/or labor relations, assuring that proper action falls within the approved guidelines.

Appears before citizen groups and other organizational meetings; makes presentations and attends ceremonial functions and serves as spokesperson for the City in situations of mutual interest and concern with neighboring municipalities.

James D. Hock graduated with a B.S. from Hillsdale College. In 1978 he took his first job in local government as a Code Enforcement Officer in Independence Township, Michigan. By 1981, Jim had completed his Masters in Public Administration at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and, with that, he was ready for greater responsibility and was appointed Village Manager of Almont, Michigan. In 1985, Jim left Almont for one of Michigan’s largest cities, Sterling Heights. In a short time, he ascended from Budget and Human Resource Director to become the Assistant City Manager. In 1995, Jim came to Oak Park, MI as the Assistant City Manager and applied his experience and expertise to the Human Resources function including personnel, labor relations, risk management and other special projects assigned by the City Manager.

Mr. Hock believes in the concept of continual learning and promotes that concept both personally and professionally throughout the organization. In 1999, the Society of Human Resources Managers recognized him as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and, in 2000, became an International Personnel Management Association for Human Resources, Certified Professional. In 2001, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. In 2002, he became a Certified City Planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners. In June of 2005, he attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard. He also earned one the country’s first International City/County Managers Association’s designation of Credentialed Manager.

Among his accolades are the ICMA Assistant’s Excellence in Leadership award in 2003 and the Award for Programs for the Disadvantaged that same year.

“I am proud to be the City Manager for Joliet and promote the operations and management of the City as a premier organization to other Cities to emulate.”