Newly Installed City Council to Lead City Manager Search

Newly Installed City Council to Lead City Manager Search

The City of Rochelle is in the process of searching for a new City Manager to replace David Plyman, one of the longest serving City Managers in the history of Rochelle. A decision was made by City Council to allow the new City Council Members to appoint their own City Manager. On March 23, 2017, the current City Council approved a severance agreement with Mr. Plyman.

Mayor Chet Olson stated, “I thank Mr. Plyman for all his dedication to the City of Rochelle and his years of service. This Mayor, Council, and employees wish him well in the future.”

Mr. Plyman stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Rochelle. I will miss working with Mayor Olson and Rochelle’s hard-working and talented staff. I firmly believe that Rochelle has a very bright future if it continues to strive for excellence and resists the urge to remain complacent in our ever-changing economy.”

During Mr. Plyman’s tenure and under his leadership the City achieved the following:

– Rochelle has earned about $3 million over two years to support transmission expenses as part of an electrical transmission tariff.
– Implemented GIS mapping and asset management systems for use by the RMU and engineering department, which increased productivity and provided better record keeping.
– Guided the City’s initial efforts in restoring its downtown as a focal point in our community.
– Brought new industry and development to the City, including greenhouses and the redevelopment of the Hub Theater and former Lincoln School, preserved the golf course for public use and facilitated private investment in the golf course restaurant and banquet facility.
– Reduced General Fund expenses and reorganized administrative functions of City Staff.
– Achieved “Quiet Zone” status at the City’s many rail crossings.

Moving forward, the Mayor and the current City Council have 14 days to appoint an interim manager and must commence a search for a permanent City Manager within 30 days. Ultimately, the permanent City Manager will have to be hired and start his or her position within 180 days of the vacancy created by David Plyman.