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Human Resources

Kathleen Richlen
Human Resources Director

The City of Bettendorf employs approximately 475 people. The many departments provide a wide variety of community service opportunities such as police and fire protection, park and recreation, community development, economic development, museum, library, public works, and administration. The Human Resources Department provides support to the city departments and employees in both a day-to-day operational role and a more strategic global role. The day-to-day functions include recruitment and selection; on-boarding for new employees; benefits administration; management of workers' compensation; policy development; administration of performance appraisal system; investigation and solving of employee grievances; and administration of four union contracts.

The City of Bettendorf is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, disability, or veteran status. The City of Bettendorf complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, transfers, promotions, training, terminations, working conditions, compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.


Kathleen Richlen, Human Resources Director, has served the employees and citizens of Bettendorf since October, 2005. She is originally from Toledo, Ohio and moved to the Quad Cities in 1993. She possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Administrative Management graduating from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Kathleen is responsible for the establishment, maintenance, and administration of policies and procedures in all areas relating to personnel such as recruitment and selection, position classification, compensation, job descriptions, and performance evaluations.  She coordinates the City’s employee benefits, training, safety, worker’s compensation, liability insurance, and personnel-related files and records.

Brooke Sweeney-Adrian, Human Resources Generalist, started with the City of Bettendorf in October, 2016.  Brooke started her human resources career at a recruiting and manufacturing firm prior to joining the Bettendorf HR Team.  She possesses a Master of Public Administration from Upper Iowa Univeristy, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Intercultural Studies from Elmhurst University, and holds her Professional in Human Resources Certificate from the HR Certification Institute. Brooke performs a wide variety of professional, administrative and technical related duties in the administration of human resource programs.

Jody Matje, Human Resources/Legal Administrative Assistant, joined the City of Bettendorf team in August, 2014. Jody attended Commonwealth Business College and Scott Community College.  She grew up in Davenport and moved to Bettendorf, where she has resided for the last 35 years. Jody performs a variety of confidential administrative duties and provides full-service support for the City Attorney and Human Resources Director.