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.