Freeport City Manager One of Three Finalists In Salem, VA City Manager Search

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The city of Salem Virginia announced in October of this year that their search for a new city manager had netted 43 applicants after paying GovHR USA $22k+ to conduct a national search for its new chief executive.

One of those applicants is a familiar face to Freeport.

The city of Salem says they have now narrowed their city manager search down to three finalists, one of them being Freeport’s current city manager, Lowell Crow. The city of Salem posted a public invitation to a meet-and-greet with the three finalists on Dec. 9 of this year.

The Roanoke Times reported the city manager position had been vacant since last winter when Salem’s city council, on a divided vote, decided to “part ways” with its last manager. According to reports, the previous city manager of 11 years was “suddenly forced from the job” by three members of council.

The report said they have not publicly stated their reasons other than “they wanted to go in a different direction”.

Before coming to Freeport as the city’s first City Manager, Lowell Crow served as the city administrator in Monmouth, IL. He left his position in Monmouth in May of 2017, after accepting the job as the city manager of Freeport. He took the job in Freeport on May 22.

At the time, Crow said he was making the move in order to advance his career.

As of the 2010 census, the population of Salem, VA was 24,802.

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