The person who will serve as the Chicago City Council's financial analyst in the new independent budget office will not be determined just yet.
A seven-person committee tasked with selecting a candidate was unable to reach a final agreement at a meeting Tuesday. A total of three people have reportedly been nominated for the job.
Helen Shiller, a former Chicago 46th Ward alderman, is one of the candidates for the position, which comes with a $107,000 annual salary.
Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), who led the efforts to establish the independent budget office, is reportedly not in support of Shiller taking the job and argues that she is not as qualified as others vying for the position.
But committee member Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) is backing Shiller.
“Twenty-two years in this City Council. That’s training enough for what they’re looking for. They’re looking for expertise. This individual has that expertise . . . I’m not gonna let you all continue to denigrate her like that like she don’t have this and she don’t have that. That’s unfair,” Austin told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Austin said the committee will try again in September to reach consensus on an "agreed candidate."