EDITORIAL - Peoria is in good hands with Holling

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

We have to wonder out loud if Henry Holling, Peoria’s interim city manager, seems a bit like Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone in the “Godfather 3.”

We are talking specifically about the scene in which Pacino utters, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

It was announced last week that Holling will be sticking around in his interim position. That is because the city council’s choice for the new city manager fell through. Holling may be with us for some time, considering this search has already been ongoing for more than five months.  The council, based on advice from their search firm consultant, is suspending the search until after the holidays.

The press release said the council felt the city is fortunate to have a seasoned administrative team in place with leadership by Holling.

We concur.

Peoria is fortunate to have the department heads it has.

Names like Pat Landes, John Kunski, Kent Tomblin and Steve Settingsgaard jump to mind easily.

They are dedicated and professional, as are those department heads not listed here.

And, Holling, while a relative newcomer to his position, has jumped into his duties with apparent gusto. He brings with him a quiet air of distinction and calm.

Calm is not something one could say has surrounded many past city managers. 

It is a nice change of pace.