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Remembering Former Bettendorf Mayor Ann Hutchinson

Ann Hutchinson
City of Bettendorf
Ann Hutchinson

A key figure in the development of modern Bettendorf will be remembered Saturday. A funeral will be held for former mayor Ann Hutchinson who served from 1988 to 2003.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn calls her "a great inspiration."

"She came into the city and helped solve the financial crisis we had at the time, and put all of the financial controls and processes and practices into play that most of which we still use today."

Ploehn was police chief when she first hired him to be city administrator in 1990.

He credits Hutchinson for seeing possible future development and projects in the city before most others did. One example is putting the Family Museum by the library.

"We had two buildings downtown - one at the Washington School and one at the Lincoln School - she merged those two, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Children's Museum, and made the Family Museum of Arts and Science."

Ploehn remembers she met with Congressman Jim Leach to talk about a new I-74 Bridge, in 1989.

She was also active in the creation of the Scott Area Solid Waste Commission and all the development in downtown Bettendorf since 1990.

The funeral is set for Saturday at 10:30 am, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport.