Town Council Honors Mark Peterson at Last Meeting Before Retirement
“Integrity,” “trusted,” and “visionary” were just some of the words used to describe Normal City Manager Mark Peterson at his final Council meeting Monday night. Council members took time to publicly thank the administrator for his service before he retires March 30.
Peterson said it’s the Town’s workforce that deserves the credit for the organization’s success during his 20 years on the job, comparing his role to that of an orchestra conductor:
“The success of the conductor depends entirely on the talent of the individual orchestra members. Well, the men and women that make up our orchestra here at the Town of Normal make me look like some sort of a genius conductor every day,” he said.
Among that workforce is Deputy City Manager Pamela Reece, who will take over as City Manager after Peterson retires.
Peterson recognized Reece for being his “right arm” over the past 17 years. “I cannot be more pleased and proud that she will be succeeding me, and it gives me true comfort to know that the future of this organization is in her capable hands,” he said.
Council member Jeff Fritzen pointed to Reece as part of Peterson’s legacy with the Town. “One of the people you’ve helped shape is your successor--that’s one reason we have confidence in [Reece] going forward is because we know who’s been one of her mentors along the way,” he said.
Council member Kathleen Lorenz also noted Peterson’s role in creating a positive culture through his various hires within the Town’s administration. “As an organization, the Town of Normal culture, staff and attitude is impeccable and amazing, and you are to be credited for that.”
The Town will hold a farewell open house for Peterson on March 29 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Broadway Ave., Normal.