GENOA – Genoa Mayor Mark Vicary called it either divine intervention or Joe intervention.
After the city’s administrator, Joseph “Joe” Misurelli, died Dec. 25, the City Council on Tuesday approved the hiring of Bill Ganek as interim city administrator, a man Misurelli mentored in McHenry County, Vicary said.
“We’d like to call him the successor,” Vicary said Wednesday evening. “No one will ever replace Joe.”
Ganek retired from his post as Algonquin village manager in 2013 after serving in that role for 21 years, but he and Misurelli, a former Crystal Lake city administrator, collaborated on many projects.
“I think between them, they developed Randall Road,” Vicary said.
Ganek also was director of planning for Crystal Lake for nine years after he spent five years with the McHenry County Planning Department. Ganek interviewed for the position last week, and his contract is for six months, during which the search for a permanent replacement will continue. Ganek will work 20 hours for two days a week.
Vicary said Rivers Mexican Cantina opened in the former home of Rosati’s Pizza in the Ridge Point Shopping Center the week Misurelli died, and the plan for Dunkin’ Donuts to move into a two-unit commercial building at Prairie Street and Route 72 is on track.
Ganek immediately has taken the reins on the developing projects, but he also has provided an emotional salve, Vicary said.
“It’s comforting hearing Joe stories,” he said.