GENESEO - The new city administrator who started her job Sept. 3 has resigned.
In a resignation letter submitted Friday, Melissa Steirer indicated she was leaving for personal reasons because of her husband's job transfer to another area. She got married in August. Her resignation was effective immediately.
Ms. Steirer was a 2009 graduate of Elmhurst College and received her master's degree in 2011 from Northern Illinois University. She came to Geneseo after two years in Lincolnwood, where she had a variety of experience as a management analyst.
Mayor Linda Van Der Leest stated in a press release that the city is "happy for the newlyweds as they embark on a new adventure in their lives."
"We wish them the very best and we appreciate the new perspective and ideas that Ms. Stierer was able to bring to our city in such a short time," she continued.
The mayor added it's too soon to say what the process will be to find a new administrator and whether they will try to contact any of the other candidates who were under consideration when Ms. Steirer was hired. She said the city council will need time to make decisions in light of the news.
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.