City Administrator, Tim Long, submitted his notice of retirement to Mayor Mike Bawden earlier this week. His last regular day of employment will be December 3, 2019. In the letter, dated Monday, November 18, Mr. Long stated:

For the past thirty years, I have been gratified to serve as administrator for communities in Illinois and Iowa, and I have been especially proud of being chosen to serve as first-time administrator for the City of Riverdale. It has been gratifying to work with you and the other thoughtful people chosen to serve the needs and goals of the community. It has been especially satisfying to see Riverdale continue to refine its long-run goals and objectives, and manage growth and development toward better outcomes.

It is time for me to turn over those administrative tasks of Riverdale to other hands. As well, at my tender age, I have come to terms with the clear understanding that time and good health are fleeting, and the completion fo projects, and the building of important relationships call for both time and good health. Therefore, this letter constitutes my two weeks’ notice of retirement, and resignation. If you and the Council determine it to be in the best interest of the Council, that date could be advanced. Alternately, I can be available to assist you and the Council in the development of agenda items or other matters to which I could be of assistance, until December 20th, when I wish to prepare for my sons’ families return home from afar for Christmas.

Finally, I want to thank you, Mike, and the members of the City Council who have been supportive of our efforts at making Riverdale’s local government more effective, transparent, and responsive. I have gained a great deal of respect for all of you, as well as for our staff and consultants over these past two and-a-half years. I wish you well, and would be pleased to cross paths with you in the future.

The City Council will meet in an executive session at the end of the Tuesday’s City Council meeting to discuss this personnel issue and options to consider for moving forward in both the short and long-term. Decisions on immediately pressing issues and longer-range plans will be shared with the community through this website and our e-newsletter once they are clearly defined.