(Geneseo)-July 17 the Geneseo City Council met in a Special Session to accept the contract of JoAnn “Jo” Hollenkamp to be the new City Administrator. It was a unanimous vote. She will start August 26 at a salary of $100,000 a year.

Ms. Hollenkamp was also awarded a $5000 signing bonus and 5 extra vacation days and 3 extra personal/sick days above the city staff norm.

Ms. Hollenkamp is currently the City Administrator of Carlyle, IL, with a population of 3300, located 45 minutes east of St. Louis. She has served there just over 6 years.

The Republic asked Mayor Kathy Carroll-Duda what made her most excited to hire this candidate. “A lot of reasons,” the Mayor said, “but most importantly she has experience leading a city with a public electric utility department.”

More on this story in the July 26 Henry County Republic.