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Rock Island County Hires First Finance Director

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For the first time, Rock Island County has a Finance Director. Ryan Berger began working last week, after serving as the county's ARPA program manager since January.

County Administrator Jim Grafton says this new position was created even though the county already has an elected treasurer and auditor.

"What Ryan will be able to do, what the finance director will be able to do, is provide us with more specialized reports that would be unique for the board. There might be overlap but what it's going to do is maybe take some of the pressure off the treasurer and auditor so they can focus on what their primary responsibilities are."

Just last year, the county was the victim of an e-mail scam, and lost 115,000 dollars.

The process started with 180 applicants, then with the help of a hiring agency cut the list down to four finalists.

Previously Berger worked for the city of Moline as Land Development Manager.

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