Rock Island is again without a director of community and economic development | Politics and Elections

Nathan Parch is the new Director of Community and Economic Development for the Town of Rock Island. He grew up in the Quad-Cities and has over 20 years of experience in community and economic development.


Rock Island is again without a director of community and economic development.

After less than five months of work, Nathan Parch is no longer employed by the city.

Parch took office on May 17, replacing Chandler Poole, who was fired in October 2019.

Alderman Dylan Parker, Ward 5, said City Manager Randy Tweet emailed all council members on September 27: “I have accepted Nathan Parch’s resignation with immediate effect.

Parch and HR Director Rob Baugous could not be reached for comment.

“I know the community and economic development staff were delighted to have a director in place since Chandler left; it’s been a while, ”Parker said. “I don’t think anyone expected or wanted him to quit.”

Parch has brought over 20 years of planning and economic development experience to his work. He most recently served as a community development administrator in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe, Ill., Where he worked for 18 years.

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