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.
Today is Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.