The City of Pekin operates under the Council-Manager form of government, with a seven-person City Council consisting of a Mayor and six Council Members, all elected at large to four-year terms. The City Council appoints a professional City Manager to:
- Be the chief advisor to the City Council, providing them with recommendations based upon complete and objective information about City operations and services.
- Put the Council's vision, goals, and priorities into action with an emphasis on effective, efficient, and equitable service delivery to the entire community.
- Provide leadership for the city organization by overseeing the day-to-day operations; setting performance expectations for staff; and supervising all department heads.
The City of Pekin is an Illinois municipal corporation of over 300 full and part time employees with an approximate budget of $62 million.
Mark Rothert was appointed City Manager for the City of Pekin on November 26, 2018. He joined the City in June 2017, serving as Administrative Services Director and then Assistant City Manager.
Before coming to Pekin, Mark spent five years (2012-2017) working for Peoria County as an assistant county administrator overseeing economic development, public transportation, planning & zoning and county highway department operations. His major accomplishments included the successful awarding of two Enterprise Zones by the State of Illinois to help business grow and expand in the area; intergovernmental collaboration with the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District to consolidate public transportation services; and helping to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Peoria.
From 2005-2012, Mark served as executive director of the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development in his hometown of Canton, Illinois where he was responsible for several initiatives that included the creation of Canton Main Street; completion of the city’s comprehensive plan; securing nearly $5 million in federal and state grants; brownfield redevelopment through attraction of new medical device manufacturing plants; and helping Canton become a finalist for the 2010 All-America City Awards.
Rothert is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA-CM) and a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council (CEcD). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Western Illinois University (2001) and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas (2003).
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