Normal City Manager Mark R. Peterson announced today that he plans to retire from the Town of Normal at the end of March 2018. “I chose to make this announcement several months in advance of my actual retirement date in order to give the Mayor and Council ample time to develop and undertake a process to replace me,” he said.
Mr. Peterson was first hired by the Town as its Assistant City Manager on February 8, 1988. He served in that capacity for approximately 10 years before being appointed as the Town’s City Manager in June of 1998 following the retirement of former City Manager David S. Anderson. Upon his retirement next March, Peterson will have served the Town of Normal for a total of 30 years.
“While it is hard to imagine the Town without Mark Peterson as City Manager,” said Normal Mayor Chris Koos, “we are very fortunate that he is allowing us the better part of eight months to carefully consider our next steps.” The Council plans to have a preliminary discussion of the topic at a special Executive Session on Friday morning, August 11.
In addition to his regular duties as the City Manager of Normal, Mr. Peterson also serves on the governing boards for a variety of public and quasi-public community organizations including the MetCom Emergency Communications Center, the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council , the Central Illinois Regional Broadband Network (CIRBN), the McLean County Regional Planning Commission Executive Committee, the Community Development Corporation, the BN Advantage Leadership Council, Connect Transit, and others.
Prior to coming to Normal in 1988, he served as the Assistant City Administrator in Liberty, Missouri. He also previously held municipal government positions in Ankeny, Iowa and Coralville, Iowa. He received both B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Peterson is married and has two sons and one granddaughter.