Tourism, economic development directors resign

Lisa Hammer

    Cheryl Carney of Geneseo has resigned as county tourism director to take a job with an international company; her territory will be Iowa.

    The county’s new unit educator, an economic development position created last February and partially funded by the University of Illinois, also has left.

    Judith Gilbert of Bishop Hill will begin work soon in the newly created position of economic development director for the City of Colona.

    Her last official day is Monday, Aug. 25.

    Henry County administrator Colleen Gillaspie said Gilbert worked on sales data analysis, helped with the Shop Henry County promotion, started the mayors’ meeting and worked on a business retention/expansion survey.

    “It will be easier for someone coming in to pick it up,” Gillaspie said. “Henry County gained by having such a qualified individual. She’s still in Henry County, she still has ties and we’ll still be able to use her as a resource.”

    She added the county is in the process of checking with people who applied for the job last year to see if someone could work right away on an “academic hourly” basis.

    The person would still need to go through the interview process, she said.