RI County administrator subcommittee formed

Originally Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2014, 6:10 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 11, 2014, 8:24 pm
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By Tyler Langan, tlangan@qconline.com

The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Rock Island County Board on Monday voted to form a subcommittee to research hiring a county administrator.

The committee passed the motion with board members Scott Terry, D-Rock Island, and Brian Vyncke, D-Moline, opposed. Mr. Terry issued a resolution last week that would authorize the county board to hire a county administrator. He said forming a subcommittee at this time would slow the process of creating the position.

Mr. Terry's resolution calls for the board to hire a county administrator who would implement policy under the direction of the county board. Under the resolution, the county board chairman would become a part-time position, and the administrator would be full time.

Board member Steve Meersman, D-Moline, said the subcommittee is necessary to make sure limitations are put in place for the proposed position, which is intended only to be administrative in nature.

“There has to be a delineation of power," Mr. Meersman said. "Otherwise the administrator can become a puppet, and that's not what we're looking for if we go to this form of government.”

Mr. Meersman said that in Moline the mayor is in charge of hiring its city administrator, and the city council can vote to terminate someone from the position. He said details like these need to be clarified by the subcommittee. 

Board members during the committee meeting said the county, should it decide to go with an administrator,  is   about two years away from hiring one.

 Mr. Terry said he will try to get his resolution put on the agenda for next Tuesday's board meeting.


Local events heading

  Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department.
1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.

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