New Scott County administrator could be announced this week

New Scott County administrator could be announced this week

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Scott County’s next administrator could be introduced this week.

“We’re close,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Hancock said at the conclusion of a closed-door session Tuesday. “We should have a name by the regular meeting on Thursday.”

One of three finalists from a nationwide search conducted by Waters and Co. will be selected to take over for retiring Dee Bruemmer. The three candidates chosen from an original field of 36 applicants are Gregg Mandsager of Muscatine, Mahesh Sharma of Raytown, Mo., and Todd Thompson of Galesburg, Ill.

Supervisors also will vote Thursday on the third and final reading of an ordinance creating industrial floating zone districts in rural Scott County. The ordinance passed two previous readings on a 3-2 vote.

In other business, two county departments are relocating or have relocated to make way for a proposed expansion of the Juvenile Detention Center.

Tammy Speidel, facility and support services director, recommended that supervisors consider and approve Wold Architects and Engineers’ bid to design the Juvenile Detention Center expansion and the redesign of space in the county administration building for the planning and development department. If approved at Thursday’s regular board meeting, Speidel said the project could be well under way before the end of this year.

The Juvenile Detention Center’s most recent expansion, completed in 2003, increased capacity by six beds to a total of 16 beds. The center had shared the current facility at 500 W. 4th St., Davenport, with the secondary roads and planning and development departments. The roads department has relocated to a new facility in Eldridge.

County supervisors also welcomed Fleet Manager Barbara Branscom. The newly created position will oversee the maintenance, repair and usage of county vehicles.

Branscom acknowledged resistance by long-term employees to the transition from current fleet management operations.

“It’s a paradigm shift,” Branscom said. “There’s hesitation. Nobody likes change. Staff is getting on board and supporting the program.”

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