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Moline Makes Interim Hires for Three Key Jobs

In an effort to start the new year fully-staffed, Moline has hired three interim department heads from consulting firms - for Public Works, Community and Economic Development, and for City Engineer.

City Administrator Bob Vitas says they'll each work for the city for up to four months.

"And we have made earnest attempts since I've been here, and perhaps even before I got here, to try and fill these positions on a permanent basis. Though we got close, no cigar. We were unsuccessful in getting a commitment from candidates."

The three have long careers in municipal government. A good example he thinks is Charles Graves who is the Interim Director of Community and Economic Development.

"Mr. Graves has a lifelong career in city and regional planning and economic development, having worked in cities from Gary to Appleton, Wisconsin, the city of Cincinnati, the city of Atlanta - he's a pretty heavy hitter."

The other two are Interim City Engineer Michael Schenk, and Bradley Fink as Interim Public Works Director.

Vitas says these interim appointments will give Moline time to search for permanent replacements, and help Moline start its new fiscal year and new projects with experienced people in these three, key positions.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.