Geneseo picks Q-C native as new city administrator

Originally Posted Online: June 18, 2014, 10:19 pm
Last Updated: June 18, 2014, 11:15 pm
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By Lisa Hammer,

GENESEO – Patrick Ian Rigg has been named the new new city administrator.

On Wednesday, aldermen voted 7-0 to approve hiring the East Moline native, who graduated from Moline High School and Augustana College in Rock Island. He earned his master's degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University while interning with Davenport.

For the past six year, he has been the city administrator in Eldora, Iowa.

Geneseo has been without a city administrator since Melissa Steirer resigned in October, a little more than a month after being hired, when her husband was transferred out of the area.

Mayor Nadine Palmgren had to schedule four special city council meetings on the hiring before enough aldermen could meet for Wednesday's three-hour closed session. She said she knew it could be difficult to get a quorum and didn't want to let a great candidate get hired by someone else.

Ald. James Roodhouse, 2nd Ward, was the only council member absent Wednesday. He had attended a special June 12 meeting on Mr. Rigg's employment.

"I'm very pleased with the selection," said Mayor Palmgren after Wednesday's session, which was attended by Mr. Rigg. "I think he'll be a very good fit for Geneseo."

Mr. Rigg said he is looking forward to the opportunity in Geneseo, especially with its geographical benefits.

"One of the perks is being closer to home," he said with a smile.


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