DECATUR—Decatur’s new City Manager enjoyed a warm welcome during a city-hosted meet & greet on Wednesday night at the Decatur Civic Center.
Tim Gleason was announced as the new city manager earlier this month and was appointed to his new position during the March 16th council meeting.
Wednesday Gleason said he was quickly getting acclimated to his new job, “It’s been a whirlwind process so far, meeting with people from City Hall, our elected officials, getting a feel for the city as a whole, it’s been hectic but I’m excited.”
Gleason said his first priority was to sit down with the City Council to get a feel for what their visions are for the city moving forward, “We have 7 elected officials that are very invested on what goes on around here and it is my job to find a way to make their visions come to be a reality. One of the reasons I wanted to take this job was because of the elected officials.”
As for his own agenda, Gleason says he has a few things in mind, “Obviously I want to help move along economic development, making Decatur a desirable place for people and businesses to move is my number one priority. I would also like to work on improving the city’s overall image, that is something that was brought to my attention during the interview process and I’m looking forward to getting that ball rolling.”
“We hit a home run with Ryan McCrady,” Mayor Mike McElroy said. “And I think we have done just as good of a job in hiring Mr. Gleason. We were all very impressed during his interview process and I look forward to working with him moving forward.”
Prior to taking the job as City Manager, Gleason served as the City Administrator for the city of Washington, Illinois for two years. Before that job, Gleason served as a military policeman with the United States Army, and worked for the Pekin Police Department from 1989 until 2010.