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Bloomington Anticipated to Name Interim City Manager

Special Meeting October 26

Post Date:10/24/2017 1:47 PM


BLOOMINGTON, IL– The Bloomington City Council is anticipated to officially name Steve Rasmussen as Interim City Manager at a Special Meeting on Thursday, October 26 at 3 pm in Council Chambers. An agenda will be forthcoming. The interim appointment is anticipated to be effective November 8, immediately following current City Manager David Hales’ final day before departing to become City Manager of Joliet, IL.


Rasmussen started work for the City of Bloomington in November 2014 as Assistant City Manager. Prior to that, Rasmussen was Chief City Administrator of Jefferson, MO (pop. 43,330) from 2006-2011. Since 2011, he worked as Vice President of Interim Solutions, a company that uses interim executives and directors to fill vacant positions until an executive position is permanently filled. His background includes over 28 years of service in the military, including a role as Garrison Commander of Fort Campbell, KY (pop. 25,000), where he was responsible for the infrastructure of the 165-square mile installation, managed a public works force of nearly 1,000 unionized workers and acted as the primary union interface. Additionally, Rasmussen, a retired army colonel, earned the Bronze Star among other awards. He received his bachelors degree in Engineering from the US Air Force Academy and holds two masters degrees, one in English from Syracuse University and one in International Affairs from Salve Regina University.


“I am pleased we are looking to appoint Steve Rasmussen as Bloomington’s Interim City Manager,” explains Mayor Tari Renner. “He has history and background with Bloomington and will provide the stability needed during this critical interim period while we perform a key search for the next City Manager of Bloomington. I appreciate his willingness to serve.”


“It is my pleasure to serve the City of Bloomington,” says Rasmussen. “It will be an honor to be asked by the City Council to serve in this capacity.”