Long time Danville mayor Scott Eisenhauer is leaving that post to take a new job. Eisenhauer has been named Rantoul’s next village administrator. The selection was made by the Rantoul Mayor, and Rantoul Village Board will vote on the selection Tuesday night.
Eisenhauer has been Danville mayor for more than 15 years, have been elected four times. He is a Danville native.
Eisenhauer would begin his duties Nov. 5. That is the day after Danville voters will decide whether to move to a city manager government with a part-time mayor. There is irony in the fact that Eisenhauer opposes the idea of a city manager for Danville. But he will be taking that type of position in Rantoul. He made 73 thousand dollars a year as Danville mayor and will be making more than 100 thousand dollars annually in his new job.
The uncertainty of the mayor’s position was a factor in Eisenhauer seeking the Rantoul job. Eisenhauer will be looking for a house in Rantoul. His wife, Amy, will continue to work at North Ridge Middle School in Danville.
Danville aldermen are expected to discuss who they’d like to nominate for acting mayor Oct. 16 in closed session. Then they are expected to elect that person that night. The Vice mayor, Brenda Brown, does not automatically become mayor in the local system. And aldermen could appoint someone other than a current alderman to fill the post. That person will serve as acting mayor through May 7, after the city elections. The outcome of the government referendum in November will determine if it is a full or part time mayor. Several aldermen have expressed interest in the full-time mayor post.
Rantoul’s last two village administrators haven’t stuck around long. A previous one held the post for two years, and the current one has been there for less than a year. Eisenhauer said the job was one he could not pass up, and he intends to make it a long term position.