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Seven named to governmental task force

City Council will vote on names

DIXON – Mayor Jim Burke has named seven people to a governmental task force tasked with evaluating Dixon's form of government.

The City Council will vote tonight to place the names on file and then vote again Feb. 4 to make the list final.

The proposed members are Bill Wadsworth, Tom Shaw, Jack Schrauth, Kelly Allen, Jim Marshall, the Rev. Michael Cole and Marilyn Coffey.

Burke hopes the task force can start meeting in February.

In reaction to former comptroller Rita Crundwell's theft of nearly $54 million from the city over 20 years, Burke vowed this summer to create a task force exploring the different types of government, including the city's current commission form of government, and recommending which is best for Dixon.

Burke wants the committee to study other municipalities' governments and analyze Dixon's current form against those.

State law allows five forms of government: aldermanic, commission, managerial, strong mayor and trustee. Sterling, for instance, has a managerial form of government.

Dixon is one of 49 municipalities in Illinois with the commission form of government, which puts part-time commissioners in charge of areas of a municipal government. It has been cited as one of the reasons Crundwell got away with her scheme for so long.

"It was my goal to bring about a diverse group, and pick people that really showed an interest," Burke said. "We want people to come on here with an open mind."

The seven members were chosen from a list of 10 people. Each member will serve for a one-year term. Burke said the City Council could budget "a couple thousand dollars" to cover any out-of-pocket expenses they may have.

About the seven:

– Wadsworth retired from management at Raynor Garage Doors in 1990.

– Shaw is president and CEO of Shaw Media, which owns and operates Sauk Valley Media.

– Schrauth, who is self-employed, ran for Lee County Board District 3 as a Republican.

– Allen last worked in private home care for an 85-year-old woman who went to her church. She also is a CASA volunteer and participates in Relay for Life of Lee County.

– Marshall was the president and former owner of Marshall Salon Services, a beauty supply company sold to L'Oreal in 2010.

– Cole is founder of the Worship Center, and a contractor and owner of Michael Cole Constructing.

– Coffey retired after 31 years as an administrator at Kreider Services. She also served on the City Council as commissioner of streets from 1989 to 1991 and again temporarily after the death of Ira "Clark" Kelley.

To attend

The Dixon City Council meets at 6:30 tonight in council chambers at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.

Go to www.discoverdixon.org and click on "Citizens Information Center" or call City Hall, 815-288-1485, for an agenda for this meeting or minutes from past meetings.

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