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Transportation shift: Same job, different boss

Whiteside County Board poised to hire senior center’s transit chief

MORRISON – Whiteside County is taking direct control of the county’s public transportation agency from the senior center, but the move is not expected to bring dramatic change.

Tori McDaniel, transportation director for the Whiteside County Senior Center, is expected to take the same job with the county, and her desk will probably remain where it is.

After a closed session last week, the County Board’s Finance Committee recommended the hiring of McDaniel for the county position. 

The board is expected to take up the issue at its meeting Tuesday. 

The Whiteside County Senior Center manages and operates of the federally funded transportation service, but the state wants counties to provide more oversight.

Two years ago, Lee County – at the state’s urging – decided to take charge of the Lee-Ogle Transportation System, or LOTS, assuming that role from the Lee County Council on Aging, which runs the Dixon Senior Center.

County Administrator Joel Horn declined to say what McDaniel would be paid.

“I’m not willing to give you that information until the board makes it final,” Horn said in an email. “They [the board members] really hate reading about county business in the paper before they know about it.”

He said last month that the salary range would be $36,000 to $64,000, to be paid for with federal grants. 

McDaniel couldn’t be reached for comment.

Meeting Tuesday

The Whiteside County Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Whiteside County Courthouse, 400 N. Cherry St. in Morrison.

For more information, call the Whiteside County administrator's office at 815-772-5100.

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