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Posted on: January 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] "Rock Island Unplugged" is returning!


Do you have questions for Rock Island City leaders? Ask them in person this Wednesday.

In an effort to encourage open dialogue between Rock Island and its residents, the City is excited to announce the return of “Rock Island Unplugged” after a three-year absence. The public-forum event allows residents to engage in a question-and-answer session with city officials and department directors outside the City Hall setting. Residents may ask department directors questions about city business, projects, plans, services, public safety, or any concerns they may have. 

What: Rock Island Unplugged

Where: The Stern Center, 1713 3rd Ave., Rock Island

When: Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to meet and engage with the public,” said Mayor Mike Thoms. “There will be someone available to answer any question on any topic. This helps the public put a face to a name and encourages participation with their city.”

Featuring: Mayor Mike Thoms, City Manager Todd Thompson, ARPA Manager Samantha Gange, Community Engagement Manager Sarah Hayden, Parks & Recreation Director John Gripp, Public Works Director Mike Bartels, Community & Economic Development Director Miles Brainard, Finance Director Linda Barnes, Library Director Angela Campbell, MLK Center Director Jerry Jones, Police Chief Richard Landi, Acting Fire Chief Robert Graff, Information Technology Director Tim Bain and Human Resources Director Rob Baugous. 

Doors will open at 5:30 pm and panel discussions will begin at 6 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash bar will be provided to attendees.

An opening statement will be given by Mayor Thoms, followed by introductions of department directors. The floor will then be opened to questions from residents.

If unable to attend, residents may also send questions in advance to Sarah Hayden, community engagement manager, at Submitted questions will be read out loud during the event. Questions must include name, address and a contact number. 

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