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Rock Island Co. Chooses an Administrator

Dave Ross, Rock Island County Administrator

(updated: 9:16 AM WED MARCH 4, 2015)

The Rock Island County Board has decided to hire Dave Ross as County Administrator. Last night, board members met privately with him and Reginald Edwards, then voted and selected Ross. 

(previous version: 5:09 PM TUE MARCH 3, 2015)

The Rock Island County Board will hold final interviews tonight with the two finalists for county administrator. The board will meet privately with Reginald Edwards and Dave Ross, and then possibly choose one.

Credit WVIK Staff
Reginald Edwards

Edwards currently teaches public administration at Minnesota State University, but previous jobs include county government in Saint Paul and city administrator for a small town.
He also spent 11 years leading a regional development organization in Minnesota.

Ross is now the village administrator for Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, following previous jobs in city administration, and as a police officer.

Credit WVIK Staff
Dave Ross

If hired here, he would first work with the board to set goals.

The county needs strong financial management and that's one of my strengths.

If the Rock Island County board makes a decision tonight, then the next step is to work out a contract, including the salary and whether it's multi-year.

The new administrator could start as soon as May. 

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