Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00
St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina has recommended the appointment of Mark W. Koenen as City Administrator and a vote is scheduled at the city's Aug. 19 City Council meeting.
Upon Council approval, Koenen's appointment would be effective Aug. 31.
Koenen has served as the St. Charles Director of Public Works for the last 23 years. He would succeed outgoing City Administrator Brian Townsend resigned July 19 to become Schaumburg Village Manager for Schaumburg.
“Mark Koenen’s acceptance of the position of City Administrator provides a seamless transition in this important responsibility in our town,” Rogina said. “Mark is a well-respected leader in one of our City’s major departments. His professionalism, organization and devotion to quality resident service makes him a natural.”
As Director of Public Works, Koenen has led the City’s largest department of 96 employees, with a budget of $92 million. Under his leadership, street and utility maintenance has been a priority, along with seeking state and federal grant funding and low interest loans for infrastructure upgrades and replacement.
And, the Red Gate Bridge was completed on time and under budget. Also, innovation in processing work activities to achieve an economic advantage over the last six years assisted with City sustainability initiatives.
“I am proud to represent the City of St Charles in this new capacity," Koenen said. "I have lived in St. Charles for 30 years and raised three children here. My family has long enjoyed all our community has to offer. We are glad to call St. Charles home. Looking ahead, I am anxious to partner with residents and commercial and industrial citizens who make our City their ‘home.’”
Koenen holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
In 2012, he was awarded the Life Membership status to the American Public Works Association. Before joining the City, he practiced civil engineering at a private consulting firm.
“I am extremely confident Mark will partner well with staff, the City Council and me to advance the well-being of our community,” Rogina said.
--News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:44