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, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
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