July 21, 2006

Thodos appoints Keehner East Moline City Administrator

A little more than a year after former city administrator Steve Verdick resigned, the city has named his replacement.

Rich Keehner, who was assistant city administrator, was appointed to the position late Monday.

Last year, Mayor John Thodos hadn't wanted to fill the vacant administration post to save the city money. But now East Moline needs someone to focus on duties such as union grievances and contract negotiations, the mayor said.

Representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1234 are unhappy with Mr. Keehner since he's been the prime negotiator with them on a new contract to replace on that expired April 30. AFSCME Council 31 staff representative Dino Leone said that Mr. Keehner's promotion is a "worst-case scenario" for city employees.
This is the guy that seemed absolutely zealous in his quest to give Triumph more and more and yet more breaks, perks, and freebies. He's obviously not a fave of the union either.

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