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Dixon official praises county

City-county relationship sometimes rocky

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:19 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:27 p.m. CST

DIXON – Dixon City Administrator David Nord gave Lee County his "highest congratulations" for its staff.

He spoke briefly during today's monthly board meeting. 

"As far as your staff in the office, my highest congratulations," said Nord, who was appointed last fall as Dixon's first administrator. "You have some very good staff. I was here [at the county government] within a week of working for the city. They were more than patient with me. I'm very grateful for it."

He also told the county that he doesn't like projects to sit on his desk, saying he would work with the county on the retaining wall around the Old Lee County Courthouse.

The city and county have been at public odds before. In 2011, the County Board ended its agreement to use the city's gas pumps after the city raised its fee. One member vowed the county would not "kowtow" to the city. 

More recently, the city police department's brass backed one of its officers, John Simonton, in the GOP primary election against Lee County Sheriff John Varga, who had the support of many County Board members.

Many Varga backers wrote letters to the editor arguing that the city shouldn't dictate the selection of the sheriff.

Simonton defeated Varga on Tuesday.

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