Moline names new director of engineering

Midwest native David Dryer has been hired as the City of Moline’s new director of engineering, city officials announced Wednesday, May 4.  

Mr. Dryer, who will lead Moline’s Engineering Department, brings 25 years of experience in public works for local governments in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin. 

His hiring caps a week of top-level staff additions that also included Ryan Hvitløk as the city’s new community and economic development director and Michael Doi as the new director of public works.

With Mr. Dryer’s hiring, all of Moline’s key top staff level positions are filled with permanent leaders for the first time in several years. A number of positions, including the three that were just filled, were left empty or were staffed by interim leaders after the departure of longtime staffers in the past few years.

Mr. Dryer, who currently is the county engineer for Jackson County, Iowa, is a native of  Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is expected to join the City of Moline on Monday, June 6, and will be responsible for directing projects and the daily operations of the engineering department. He also will work closely with the Moline City Council in delivering infrastructure improvement projects, the city said.

“I’m excited to be working for the city and to begin working with the administration, council and city staff in achieving the goals of making Moline one of the best places to visit, live and work,” Mr. Dyer said in the city’s news release. “I’m eager to begin working with the engineering team in moving projects forward.”

City leaders, including Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati, said earlier this week that they are pleased with the trio of hires.

“Successfully recruiting three new directors to fill long-standing vacancies reaches a milestone in rebuilding the city organization,” City Administrator Bob Vitas told the QCBJ earlier this week. “Each of these professionals will lead key departments to advance Moline’s numerous goals slated for the next several years in the city’s strategic plan. As city administrator, I could not be more pleased with this outcome and what it means to this administration as we continue to rebuild and retool the organization to produce meaningful results for our citizens and businesses.”

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