It’s Official, Freeport Has No City Manager

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — On March 9, 2020, the City Council of the City of Freeport, Illinois accepted the resignation of Lowell Crow as the City Manager of the City of Freeport and approved an ordinance authorizing the convening of the City Manager Recruitment Committee and selection of the chairman, vice chairman and three members of the public to serve on the Committee.

“Lowell was very successful in the transition to the City Manager form of government, said City of Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller. “With the base that has been laid, we are all hopeful for an exciting future ahead for Freeport and appreciate all that Lowell did to point the City in that direction.”

Crow served as the Freeport City Manager since May 2017.

In October of 2019 the city of Salem, Virginia announced that a search for their new city manager had netted 43 applicants. It wasn’t until November  when Freeport citizens learned that it was their city manager who had applied. Crow had applied for the position and had made it all the way in the process to becoming one of only two finalists.

Then in December of the same year, a press released was issued by the Office of the City Manager in Freeport.

In it, city manager Crow stated 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 in the release.

Three months later, now March 2020, the tune is much different.

“It has been an honor to serve as the City Manager of the City of Freeport over the last three years”, Crow said in a release issued by the city. “After much deliberation with my family and friends, I have tendered my resignation to seek other career opportunities”.

Crow added that he would like to thank Mayor Miller and the City Council for providing him the opportunity to serve as their City Manager.

“I wish nothing but the best for the staff, the Council and the City of Freeport.”

On Monday, City Council members voted 7-0 during a special meeting to approve a separation agreement with City Manager Lowell Crow. Details of the agreement were not made public, despite that the Journal-Standard submitted a public records request to the city for documents related to Crow’s departure, including a copy of the separation agreement.

Crow had a three-year contract with the city that would have automatically renewed for two years on May 21, 2020,


One thought on “It’s Official, Freeport Has No City Manager

  • August 24, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I live in Centralia, IL. We have your previous City Manager, Lowell Crow. Everyone here have been wondering what happened in your city to force him to leave? We are wondering if there were any “shady” dealings. He has done a lot of questionable changes, including doing away with jobs, then hiring people with absolutely no experience. I guess what I’m asking, were shady dealing part of his downfall?

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