Rock Island, Illinois — Rock Island County Board members voted today to hire Jim Snider as Rock Island County administrator.
The Dispatch-Argus of Rock Island reports that following a 90-minute closed session Wednesday night, 17 board members voted unanimously to approve Mr. Snider’s employment. The report states that Don Johnston voted “present”, with members Cecelia O’Brien, Scott Noyd, Kimberly Callaway Thompson, Robert Reagan and Jeff Deppe being absent.
Snider, 59, will replace Dave Ross, who left in September to become city manager of Stuart, Fla. Mr. Snider said he is up to the challenge of running a county with twice the budget and three times as many employees as his current position.
He has been the administrator of Stephenson County, in Freeport, since June 2016. Stephenson County has an annual budget of $46 million and 270 employees, he said. By comparison, Rock Island County has a budget of $77 million in revenue, $84 million in expenses, and 768 employees.
You can read the full report here.