Back to drawing board for Moore after Havermale withdraws from consideration

Third Ward Alderman Paul Havermale, left, has withdrawn his name to be the city's director of administrative services under Mayor-elect Kyle Moore, right. (H-W File Photo)
Posted: May. 6, 2013 10:41 am Updated: May. 20, 2013 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Kyle Moore has yet to be sworn in as Quincy's next mayor, and already he is faced with the rejection of his choice as the director of administrative services and purchasing.

 Faced with little support among members of the City Council, 3rd Ward Alderman Paul Havermale withdrew his name from consideration Sunday afternoon in an email to City Clerk Jenny Hayden. His appointment had been scheduled to go before the council Monday night.

Havermale, an alderman since 2003, declined to comment. He was nominated for the position Thursday by Moore, but details of federal tax liens filed against Havermale's family business, Alarm Systems Inc. (ASI), became public soon after.

Havermale, 47, said Friday that he had reached an agreement with the IRS to pay about $275,000 owed by ASI, a business he managed and his father owned. The company owed the IRS more than $745,000 in taxes, interests and penalties between 2001 and 2011, according to federal tax liens filed with the Adams County Recorder of Deeds.

Alderman Dan Brink, R-6, believes Havermale made the right decision. Brink said he received many telephone calls over the weekend from constituents who questioned whether Havermale should be elevated to the top position in Moore's administration in light of the tax situation.

"It was in the best interest in the public to create confidence in the (Moore's) administration," Brink said.

"Paul has to do what's best for him and his family," Alderman Steve Duesterhaus, D-2, said.

Duesterhaus added that he did not give a commitment to anyone on how he would have voted.

Moore, who defeated two-term incumbent John Spring in the April 9 election, is scheduled to be sworn in Monday night as the city's first Republican mayor since 1985.

"Obviously Paul is a friend of mine, and it's sad," Moore said Sunday. "Paul would have done a wonderful job."

"Everybody is going to take a step back and absorb what happened. This isn't the first time that someone's been without a director of administrative services for a week or two."

Moore and Havermale served together as 3rd Ward aldermen the past four years, and Havermale was the manager of Moore's successful campaign for mayor. It was widely assumed during the campaign that Havermale would be tabbed as director of administrative services.

Moore said the city will continue with business as usual during the search for a new nominee. Moore wouldn't say whether he had another person in mind for the position, but he said he may draw from within city government or from the private sector.

He anticipated the decision would take more than week. Gary Sparks, the current director of administrative services, is retiring.

Aldermen also are scheduled to vote Monday night on Moore's legal team appointments -- Lonnie Dunn as corporation counsel, Bruce Alford as assistant corporation counsel and Ryan Schnack as city attorney.

Aldermen will likely vote on all three as a group, rather than individually, which increases the likelihood they will be approved. Some aldermen have expressed concerns privately about Dunn and have suggested he might not have the necessary votes to be approved if his nomination was considered separately.