FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — It was in October of this year when the city of Salem, Virginia announced that a search for the city’s new city manager had netted 43 applicants, all vying for the new job.It was in November of this year when we told you that one of those candidates was the current city manager of Freeport, Lowell Crow. Crow had applied for the position and had made it to one of only two finalists.
On Dec. 9 of this year, Crow and Salem’s current interim city manager attended a meet and greet in the city of Salem. News of Crow’s potential departure left many in Freeport questioning his commitment to the city.
This week on December 17th, a press released was issued by the Office of the City Manager in Freeport.
In it, city manager Crow states that after discussion with family, friends, city staff, and the business community it caused him to do a lot of soul searching.
“I have come to the realization that there is much more that I can accomplish here in Freeport and that Freeport is truly our home”, Crow said. “Because of that I informed the city of Salem, Virginia Monday that I am formally withdrawing from their job search and that I will remain here in Freeport as the City Manager for as long as the Council will have me as their city manager.”
In other city news, on Thursday, December 12, 2019 Mayor Jodi Miller was invited to participate in a Women Municipal Leaders Conference at the White House.
Briefings and discussions were held with Vice President Mike Pence, Senior Administration Officials that included Betsy DeVos (Education), Secretary Elaine Chao (Transportation), and Scott Turner (Executive Director, White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council), around issues impacting communities and on shared Federal-State-local priorities, that included infrastructure, rural prosperity, energy development, opportunity zones, regulatory reform, and combatting the opioid crisis.