Mayor & Council
MAYOR ROBERT S. GALLAGHER
6859 Little Cabin Road
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
Mayor Robert “Bob” S. Gallagher was raised in Bettendorf. He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1987. He received his BA in Communication Studies and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1991. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Marquette Law School in 1994. In 1996, Bob returned to Bettendorf to practice law with Gallagher, Millage and Gallagher, PLC and raise his family. Bob and his wife, Jennifer, have a total of five children.
Bob has served the City of Bettendorf and the Quad City Community for over 20 years. In 2004, Bob was named Volunteer of the Year for the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, he received the Sheldon Sitrick Leadership Award for extraordinary leadership and distinguished Service to the Quad Cities. That same year, he was named a Quad Cities Area Leader Under 40. In 2013, Bob was inducted into the Bettendorf High School Hall of Honor. He is immediate past Co-Chair for the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative. Bob is currently serving as Chair of the Bi-State Regional Commission, Scott County Emergency Management Agency, Waste Commission of Scott County, and Joint Contract Sewerage Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Scott Emergency Communications Center, Bi-State Regional Commission Transportation Policy Committee, Eastern Iowa Community College Foundation, and the Chamber Regional Opportunities Council.
Bob has served as Bettendorf’s Mayor since 2012. During his tenure, the city has experienced incredible growth in both residential and commercial sectors, while continuing to provide excellent city services in a financially sound manner. Bob is dedicated to helping Bettendorf reach its full potential.
To see Bob's weekly message to residents, known as the Mayor's Message, click here.
Frank Baden was born and raised in San Diego, California and further raised in Evanston, Wyoming and Ogden, Utah. He graduated in 1962 from Ben Lomand High School in Ogden, Utah. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation Management from the University of Utah in 1972. He has lived in Bettendorf, Iowa for over 40 years.
Frank served as Park Superintendent in Casper, Wyoming and Fremont, Nebraska. He retired in February, 2008 from Lebanon Seaboard Corporation as a Territory Sales Manager.
Frank served on the Board of Directors and President of the Nebraska Recreation and Parks Association. He served on the Board of Directors and Secretary/Treasurer of the Nebraska Turf Grass Foundation. Frank also was a sports official for Iowa and Illinois high school and college athletics for over 21 years.
Frank has been recognized by the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association with its Lifetime Member Award in 2008. In 2006, the Golf Course Superintendent Association of South Dakota recognized Frank with their Professional Service award.
Frank was appointed to the Bettendorf Park Board in 2010 and elected to the Park Board in 2012 where he served as Vice Chairman. Frank was elected Council Member At-Large on the Bettendorf City Council in 2014.
Frank is married and is the proud father of 6 children.
Lisa Brown grew up in Aurora, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa in Education and Recreation Administration. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision. Lisa’s retired from Higher Education, serving as the Dean of Students at Scott Community College.
Lisa’s family includes two grown children, a daughter-in-law and one granddaughter.
She began her involvement with the City serving 5 years on the Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Foundation. Lisa was then elected for a 4 year term to the Bettendorf's Parks and Recreation Board, two of which she served as Chairman in addition to representing the State of Iowa on the National Park Board.
Lisa was elected to the Council Member At-Large seat in 2000 – 2014. She was then appointed as Council Member At-Large in March 2017 and reelected in the 2017 and 2021 election. Lisa served on the Iowa League of Cities Board in 2004-2005 in addition to serving on the National League of Cities Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee.Lisa was a past Bettendorf Rotarian, including a term as the Bettendorf Rotary Club President.
COUNCIL MEMBER - 1ST WARD
1304 Broadlawn Avenue
Jerry Sechser received his BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1970. He served over three years overseas as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Officer and in the Army Reserves, earning the rank of Captain. He served in the Federal Civil Service at Rock Island Arsenal, including his most recent assignment as the Director of Public Works at Rock Island Arsenal for 12 years before retiring. His career of 42 years includes combined military and civilian service in Facilities Management with the U.S. Army.
Jerry is a past two-term member of Bettendorf Community School District School Board, Past Trustee for Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation, Past Member of Bettendorf Plumbing Board for more than 30 years, and a Military Veteran. Jerry is currently serving his second four-year term as the 1st Ward Council Member for the City of Bettendorf.
Jerry is married, and has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
COUNCIL MEMBER - 2ND WARD
2608 Avalon Drive
COUNCIL MEMBER - 3RD WARD
3295 Lundy Lane
Bill Connors was elected to the Bettendorf City Council in 2019.
COUNCIL MEMBER - 4TH WARD
Greg Adamson is a long-time resident of Bettendorf, having moved here in 1970 shortly after leaving active duty in the Army. Greg served on the Bettendorf Police Department for 31 years. He retired with the rank of Captain and was the Operations Division Commander. He served in many other capacities during his tenure to include working as an Undercover Narcotics Officer, Patrol Officer and Supervisor, as well as Commander of the Investigation and Administration Divisions, Tactical Team Member and Supervisor, Department Training Officer and Firearms Instructor.
Greg also retired from the U.S. Army / U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police Corps. During his military career he served as an Infantryman, Artillery Officer and Armor Officer. He was also a member of an Army Pistol and Rifle Team and was an Instructor and Officer in Charge of several rifle ranges at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Greg has earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at several local colleges. He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Greg has served on the Scott County Board of Supervisors for four years, the Bettendorf Park Board for 7 years and is currently Bettendorf’s 4th Ward Council Member since 2010.
Greg and his family are active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bettendorf since the early 1980s.
COUNCIL MEMBER - 5TH WARD
4925 Heatherstone Rd
Nick was appointed to the City Council on January 24, 2023.