ROCK FALLS – Retired businessman George Logan Jr. was appointed Tuesday to fill the 1st Ward aldermanic seat vacated when Mark Vandersnick moved outside the district.
The council approved Mayor Bill Wescott's recommendation of Logan, who was one of four finalists for the seat. Wescott said the new alderman's extensive business background was a big plus.
"George can bring a lot to the table," Wescott said. "He has a diverse business background, and he does things with integrity and honesty."
Logan, 64, a Rock Falls High School graduate, has called several cities home during his business management career. His father, George Logan Sr., is a former Rock Falls fire chief, having served with the department for 35 years.
The younger Logan followed in his father's footsteps when he joined the Sterling Fire Department after receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carthage College. He then moved to the business side of fighting fires, specializing in fire apparatus sales, marketing and distribution.
In 2013, Logan retired from Ocala, Fla.-based E-One, where he was vice president of commercial operations. He moved from Ocala back to the Sauk Valley about a year ago, and says he is happy to be home.
"I transferred for work a lot," Logan said, "and I really wanted to come back home to where my family is when I retired."
Logan said his desire to be an alderman stemmed from a love for his hometown.
"This is a very exciting time here with the riverfront development occurring in the RB&W area," he said. "Rock Falls is a great community and a fantastic destination, and I want to be part of the progress."
Two primary goals will drive him during his time on the council, he said.
"Every municipality will have challenges with funding," Logan said. "We must find ways to find infrastructure and keep services at a high level for our community. We also have to continue working to make Rock Falls a destination for business and industry."
Logan also joined the Rock Falls Community Development Corp. board in August, and is a member of the Optimist Club.
RFCDC Executive Director Randy Balk said he expects Logan to be a valuable asset for the organization.
"You can see the passion and enthusiasm he has for his hometown," Balk said. "He brings many skills from his years of corporate leadership to the council and RFCDC."
Logan won't have much time to settle in at City Hall before he must immerse himself in the political process. Petitions for the April elections will be available Sept. 23, and Logan will have to run to serve out the remaining 2 years of Vandersnick's 4-year term.
"This is an unusual situation because the term of the other 1st Ward alderman, Daehle Reitzel, will be up at the same time," Wescott said. Wescott said all of the finalists for the open seat agreed to run in April.
Also Tuesday, Vandersnick was appointed to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. Members of the board are required to live within a 1.5-mile radius of the city. Vandersnick will fill the seat previously held by Deb Burke, the former Coloma Township supervisor.
The Rock Falls City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St.
The agendas will be posted at www.rockfalls61071.com and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.
The City Council meeting also can be viewed live on Channel 5.