ready to help Houston
WILLIS "BILL" LOGAN may find himself back in the city work force if Houston wins another term as mayor.
Logan, a Springfield Park Board member who worked in city government and headed the Springfield Housing Authority, is co-chair of the Houston campaign.
seemed surprised when I told him that, when pressed about top staff and diversity in a potential Houston administration, the candidate told the editorial board of The State Journal-Register last week that he
would again become part of city government.
Houston called Logan
a "very talented individual" who is "very familiar with the city.
Both men say they have not talked of possible employment for Logan
, 66, who calls himself "semi-retired," has kept pretty busy since leaving the SHA in 2005.
Although he isn't seeking another park board term, he just finished two years as president of the Springfield Club of Frontiers International, is treasurer of the Illinois Association of Park Districts and is vice president of the Citizens Club of Springfield.
Logan was director of what was then called the city human relations department under Mayor BILL TELFORD and was director of community development - handling economic development initiatives - under Houston.
, who is black, insists his backing of Houston has nothing to do with any potential job.
"Mike Houston and I have known each other for 35 years," said Logan
"When I talked to Mike a year ago" to encourage him to run, Logan
said, "I wasn't talking to him about a job."