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the City of Galesburg Illinois - Galesburg Selects Next City Manager 22 September 2022 ( news )
the City of Galesburg , state Illinois ( By Press Release office)
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Galesburg Selects Next City Manager
The City of Galesburg is pleased to announce a conditional offer of employment has been extended to Gerald Smith to fill the role of Galesburg’s next City Manager . The offer is contingent upon approval of an employment agreement , which is scheduled for City Council consideration at the September 26 , 2022 City Council meeting . Mr . Smith was selected by the Galesburg City Council to fill the position after a nationwide recruitment and selection process , led by the recruitment firm GovHR .
Smith has worked in public administration for over 25 years , serving as the City Manager , Department Director , and Assistant City Manager in communities ranging from 5 , 000 – 460 , 000 in population , as well as managing budgets from $5 million to approximately $100 million . He has previously served as the City Manager in communities including the City of Creedmoor , North Carolina; Maquoketa , Iowa; and Junction City , Kansas . In addition , he served as the Director of General Services for Kansas City , Missouri . Smith brings expertise in municipal management , economic development , capital infrastructure planning , and operational sustainability . Through his extensive experience , he has developed skills and proficiency in budget development and coordination; community and neighborhood engagement; and implementation of diversity , equity , and inclusion initiatives .
Smith earned a Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University , as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Urban History and Political Science from Elmhurst College . He is an ICMA credentialed manager , and is certified in Diversity , Equity , and Inclusion in the Workplace .
“The City is very excited about Gerald Smith ' s upcoming leadership . Our search was extensive , and our vetting was done with great deliberation , ” said Mayor Peter Schwartzman . “Mr . Smith brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of municipal government that will enhance the City of Galesburg ' s work to reach our council ' s twenty - three ambitious strategic goals . Our excellent staff will definitely benefit from Mr . Smith ' s energy , enthusiasm , and wisdom . ”
Smith was selected at the conclusion of an extensive nationwide recruitment process , which began in April 2022 , when former City Manager Todd Thompson announced his acceptance of a new position as the Rock Island City Manager . The recruitment process garnered 32 applications , which were narrowed by a rigorous review of qualifications by GovHR , as well as a multi - tier interview process .
“I look forward to joining the City of Galesburg as its next City Manager , partnering with and supporting the Mayor , City Council , City staff , and its many residents , ” said Gerald Smith . “I also look forward to becoming an active member of the Galesburg community as we collectively work towards the ever - evolving evolution of such a rich and storied history . ”
Mr . Smith is scheduled to begin employment with the City of Galesburg within 30 – 45 days of approval of the employment agreement . More information on the proposed city manager employment agreement can be found on the
city’s website .
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