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Rock Island Begins Search for New City Manager

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On Monday night, the City Council will meet with consultants from GovHR to talk about the recruitment process.

The new city manager will replace Randy Tweet, who retires in December.

"They may want to look for someone that has a strong background in economic development. They may want to look for someone that has a strong background in community development. They may want to look for someone young with fresh ideas. They may want to look for someone who's been a city manager in other places."

Since being appointed City Manager in 2017, Tweet has overseen several projects, including the construction of a new water filtration building and the resurfacing of 18th Avenue and 38th Street.

"The Council is a legislative body that sets the bigger priorities and the City manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city. So all of the directors from the different departments--police department, fire department, public works department, all report to the City Manager."

In Monday's meeting, the council and GovHR will present a draft of the recruitment schedule.

The new City Manager will be responsible for overseeing upcoming projects like the construction of a new federal courthouse, new YWCA and YMCA buildings, and downtown redevelopment. They will also help allocate $26 million from the American Recovery Act in early 2022.