Rock Island to vote tonight on new city manager 

Rock Island is on the verge of having a new city manager.

The Rock Island City Council is scheduled to vote at its meeting Monday, March 14, on an employment agreement for Todd Thompson to be named city manager. Mr. Thompson is the current city manager of Galesburg, Illinois. 

The council meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. at Rock Island City Hall. A copy of the employment agreement will be available to the public after the meeting.

The City of Rock Island announced Friday in a news release that it has selected Mr. Thompson for the position, subject to council approval.

Mr. Thompson has served as Galesburg city manager since January 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Master of Public Administration, both from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He brings extensive experience with economic development, budget and financing as well as more than 20 years as a senior-level manager.

The city selected Mr. Thompson from a pool of candidates presented by the recruitment firm of GovHR USA of Northbrook, Illinois, according to the city’s release. 

Mr. Thompson is required to give the City of Galesburg a 60-day notice and will not begin employment with Rock Island until May.

If his appointment is approved by council, Mr. Thompson will replace former City Manager Randy Tweet, who retired in December after more than 22 years with the city. 

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