DIXON – It's official. Dixon has its first city administrator.
David Nord was hired Tuesday night during a special meeting of the Dixon City Council. The council and Mayor Jim Burke voted unanimously to hire him. Just moments after the vote, Burke led Nord in the oath of office.
After the meeting, with a handful of residents waiting to meet him, Nord said it was "a great honor" to become Dixon's first city administrator.
"[Dixon] is a self-contained community, which I really like," he said. "It's just that idea of being able to be a part of hopefully bringing the community along and getting a little more recognition for the good things that are going on. I'm really looking forward to that."
Police Chief Danny Langloss led a 10-person hiring committee that reviewed the résumés of 40 applicants before reaching a consensus on Nord.
A verbal agreement was reached Oct. 25 and Nord's contract was placed on file for public review Nov 4.
"I really feel great about the team we put together and the process and finding David," Langloss said after Tuesday's meeting. "I think he's a perfect fit for the city. It's really a win-win for everybody."
Nord’s contract runs through May 31, 2015, which means it’s set to expire shortly after the next municipal election. Whether to renew the contract will be one of the first items the new or re-elected City Council will face.
During the general election in November 2014, residents will vote on whether to adopt the city manager form of government or keep the current commission form.
Nord, who served as the village administrator of Cherry Valley for 25 years, will start on the job today.
Langloss described leading the hiring committee, serving as a special assistant to the City Council and "professionalizing" aspects of the city government as "an incredible honor."
"But I'm ready to get back to the police department," he said. "There are a lot of challenges there. That's where my heart is and I can't wait to get my focus 100 percent back to being the police chief."
Among Nord's first tasks as city administrator will be to meet with Langloss to start getting familiar with the position and the city, Burke said.
"It'll probably take him several weeks or months, really, to get the lay of everything and who's who and all the various responsibilities," Burke said. "But he seems to be up for the task."
The Dixon City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers.
Go to www.DiscoverDixon.org or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.