City names new assistant administrator

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) announced the selection of the city’s new assistant city administrator position Dec. 26.

Julia Scott-Valdez, Training & Development manager for the City of Rockford since 1998, was selected from a very qualified field of candidates.

The assistant city administrator position, which was developed by the Morrissey administration and approved by City Council, is designed to be the lead coordinator of the city’s new RockSTAT Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System and performance measurement initiative. In addition, Scott-Valdez will serve as the city’s public information officer, and coordinate internal and external communication initiatives, as well as work with city departments on carrying out annual strategic plan goals and objectives.

“This position is geared towards improving our customer service standards, improving our business processes, and improving our communications and responsiveness to our customers,” said City Administrator Jim Ryan. “Julia has a unique blend of educational background and work experience that made her a perfect fit for the assistant city administrator position.”

One hundred fifty-five applications were received for the position, with interested candidates from Rockford and the surrounding region, Chicago, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Wisconsin, California, Virginia, Arizona and New Mexico. After reviewing all the applicant résumés, the top 10 candidates were selected and interviewed. The qualifications and interview results of the top 10 candidates were then analyzed in depth, and Scott-Valdez was selected for the position.

Other duties of the assistant city administrator position will include administering, coordinating and seeking new grant opportunities that are consistent with the mission of the city, acting as an intergovernmental liaison with various local and regional governmental agencies, and special projects.

From the Jan. 3-9, 2007, issue

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