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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.