Decatur – He won't start on the job until March 23rd but new Decatur City manager Tim Gleason is already excited about his new job.
“I think it's a great opportunity for me professionally,” Gleason told WAND's Doug Wolfe.“Looking forward to the move, my wife and I and our 11 year old daughter.”
Gleason comes to Decatur after serving as the City Administrator in Washington, Illinois since 2012.It was during his tenure that Washington saw a devastating tornado rip through the city in November 2013.Gleason's leadership was put to the test.
“We were told to only expect about 50% recovery in that first construction season last year.We're over 90% in rebuilding permits issued,” Gleason stated.
Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy tells WAND News that Gleason was the top pick out of six or seven candidates for the job.
“There was just something about his taste and feel about what he thinks about Decatur,” McElroy said.“What he thinks Decatur can be resonated with me.”
Gleason is a former Pekin police officer.He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Illinois in Springfield.