City to hold Rock Island Unplugged event May 29

Rock Island unplugged

The City of Rock Island is hosting another Unplugged event, featuring Mayor Mike Thoms and department directors, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Stern Center, 1713 3rd Ave. in downtown Rock Island.

The casual public forum event allows residents to engage in a question-and-answer session with city officials and department directors outside the Rock Island City Hall setting. The city first launched its “Rock Island Unplugged” events in 2018.

Residents may ask any city-related questions or bring up concerns about city business, projects, plans, services, public safety and more. The public also may share ideas or suggestions they have.

“We are excited to hold another Rock Island Unplugged. It is a great opportunity to meet and engage with the public,” Mayor Mike Thoms said in a news release. “This is an opportunity for the community to ask questions, get answers and provide input.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and panel discussions will begin at 6 p.m. Hot appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar will be provided to attendees.

The speakers will be: Mayor Mike Thoms, City Manager Todd Thompson, Public Works Director Mike Bartels, Community and Economic Development Director Miles Brainard, Economic Development Director Tom Flaherty, Police Chief Tim McCloud, Fire Chief Bob Graff, Parks and Recreation Director John Gripp, Finance Director Jessica Sager, Library Director Angela Campbell, MLK Community Center Director Jerry Jones, City Clerk Samantha Gange and Community Engagement Manager Sarah Hayden.

Residents can send questions in advance if they are unable to attend. Submit questions to Ms. Hayden at [email protected]. Submitted questions will be read out loud during the event.

Questions must include the sender’s name, address and a contact number so that answers can be provided following the event. 

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