Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 3:09 pm

Update on Rock Island news

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Press release submitted by city of Rock Island


Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Dennis Pauley focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

New Chief of Police Named – City Manager Thomas Thomas announced on Wednesday, December 5th that Jeff VenHuizen will be the new Chief of Police for the City of Rock Island. Mr. VenHuizen was previously Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Rock Island and has served in the City's Police Department since 1993. The swearing in ceremony was held today, Monday, December 10 at 9:00 am in City Council Chambers. Please join us in welcoming, Jeff as he continues to serve the City of Rock Island in his new role as Chief of Police.

New Library Director Named – Following a nationwide search, the Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees has named Angela Campbell as the new Director of the Rock Island Library. Ms. Campbell, the current director of the Glenwood Public Library in Glenwood, Iowa, assumers her duties in Rock Island on Monday, January 21, 2013. An Eldrigde, Iowa native, Ms. Campbell graduated from Dominican University in 1997 with a Master of Library and Information Science degree. She and her husband Daniel, currently reside in Tabor, Iowa.
Timeless Traditions: A Holiday in the Gardens - Saturday, December 15 at 6pm in the Quad City Botanical Center enjoy a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas presented throughout the gardens, crafts including letters to Santa and ornament making, refreshments, chestnut roasting, caroling, and more Christmas fun! This event is included in your paid admission to the gardens. Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00, Youth (6-15 yrs) $4.00 Children (2-5yrs) $2.00, Children under 2 and Members of the Quad City Botanical Center free.
Moody's Affirms Aa2 Rating to City of Rock Island - Moody's Investors Service has assigned an Aa2 rating to the City of Rock Island's $3.98 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2012A. Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the Aa2 rating on the City's $38.9 million of outstanding general obligation debt, including the current offering. "Assignment and affirmation of the Aa2 rating reflects the city's relatively stable tax base in the Quad Cities metropolitan region and diverse tax base, sound financial operations with healthy reserves despite revenue pressures, and above average yet manageable debt burden," the Moody's report states. City Manager Thomas Thomas comments, "This positive bond rating reflects our commitment to do what is needed to maintain the City's financial strength."The Moody's report states that the City's strengths are:
• Strong General Fund balance with additional liquidity in other city funds
• Resilient property tax base benefits from institutional presence