City of Bettendorf, Iowa

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City Announces Appointments Filling Vacant Department Head Positions

POSTED: April 4, 2018

Fourteen Bettendorf employees opted to take early retirement, which was offered by the City to offset the budget shortfall of $1.2 million.

The City announced today the following appointments, which will fill the Department Head positions left vacant.                            

  • Budget Manager Jason Schadt will serve as the Interim Finance Director
  • City Planner John Soenksen will serve as the Interim Community Development Director
  • Recreation Division Manager Liz Solis-Willis will serve as the Interim Parks & Recreation Director
  • Maintenance Manager Brian Hickey will take over supervision of the operations at Palmer Hills Golf Course, including the reporting relationship of Golf Professional and Food & Beverage Manager
  • Assistant Chief Steve Knorrek will serve as the Interim Fire Chief

In addition, Parks Maintenance will now report directly to the Public Works Department; and the Traffic Control Function will now report to City Engineer Brent Morlok in Public Works.

All of these appointment will take effect on Friday, April 27, 2018 upon the retirements of the Department Heads.

Other positions left vacant will go through the application process conducted by the Human Resource Department.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn adds, “This is a very interesting time in our organization with all of the changes that are occurring with the many retirements we have. I am confident that the changes we make and the personnel we are assigning to do these duties will be able to help guide us over the next year, and all have the support from Administration to carry out their responsibilities. We thank all of our people who are retiring and wish them a great retirement, and look forward to the new opportunities these replacement positions will have to continue to provide premier services to our citizens.”