Jeff Eder will be East Peoria’s next City Administrator. The City Council unanimously approved his two year contract Tuesday.
This is Eder’s first position as chief executive for a city. He’s currently the Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director for Rock Island, and previously spent 12 years as the Director of Community Development in Franklin Park.
Eder who is a Peru, Indiana native has an M-B-A from Indiana University and bachelor’s degrees in Urban Planning and Environmental Design from Ball State. He says this is a good time and place for him to make the progression to administrator.
East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says Eder’s career experience matches the city’s needs and will work well with East Peoria’s relatively unusual form of government that includes a strong city administrator.
Eder says the commissioner form of government is only used about 3-percent of the time. He says adding in the administrator function to the city’s operations makes this an extraordinary opportunity. “In the interview process there was lots of dialog with it, because from my perspective it’s very unique. So we both learned from that process. And I think we’ll both be very successful and I look forward to working with them.”
The city council is also trying something new, recently hiring the director of finance and preparing to hire a human resources manager. That means the administrator, finance and human resources directors all serve at the pleasure of the council. But Mayor Dave Mingus says he and the commissioners are planning to have the day to day operations of the city work through the administrator.
Jeff Eder will be East Peoria’s forth administrator. His predecessor, Tom Brimberry served in the office for 20 years and took the early retirement package the city offered in January.
Eder will earn $125,000 a year. His first day on the job is August 8th.