Bloomington bids farewell to David Hales

David Hales turns over his city manger duties on Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Bloomington is saying goodbye to its city manager after nearly a decade. The city hosted a farewell reception for David Hales Tuesday, as he prepares to take a new job in Joliet

Departing city manager David Hales is officially handing over his duties starting Wednesday.

Dozens of people from both Normal and Bloomington came to his farewell reception Tuesday to say goodbye.

Hales says he's looking forward to his new challenge in Joliet, but will miss the friends he's made in Bloomington. He says he's proud of the financial progress the city has made since he took over, and urges Bloomington leaders to listen to what the citizens want going forward.

"They've spoken out on infrastructure. We need, in this day and age, good strong support of the citizenry," he explained. "I think the tools are there, together with a national award winning comprehensive plan to kind of set the stage for incremental progress in the years ahead."

Mayor Tari Renner says Hales has served Bloomington well, getting its "financial house in order." Renner says he's confident in interim city manager Steve Rasmussen, who has served under Hales for several years.

"I think he's done an outstanding job in his three years with us. He's been city manager at other institutions. He has a broad range of backgrounds. I have total confidence in Mr. Rasmussen. I don't think we're going to skip a beat," said Renner.

The city is hoping to have a permanent city manager in place by this summer. Rasmussen takes over the role on Wednesday. Hales starts his new job the Monday after Thanksgiving.


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