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 Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.