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New Mayor Takes Office in Galesburg


There is some new leadership around the QCA this week, with several towns and cities swearing in newly elected officials.


The new mayor of Galesburg took office Monday night. Incoming Mayor John Pritchard says he's ready and excited to get to work.


With the new mayor comes a new vision for the city from the man in charge. Also, a renewed commitment to further economic development for the area.

Growing the population and growing the tax base are among a number of priorities incoming Mayor John Pritchard laid out for us as he prepared to step into his new role.

"You increase the number of people working, who therefore pay taxes, who therefore contribute to the overall pool of funds available to the city," Pritchard explained, saying growing the population is the long-term solution to the city's budget challenges.

Taking the oath of office, Pritchard knows he has his work cut out for him.

"Well, from my perspective, it's just getting to know, getting familiar with all of the programs and so forth," he said.

Even more daunting, though, are the challenges he knows are facing the city.

"We have suffered a lot of job losses in the manufacturing sector, so that's put pressure on incomes, we have lost population, so the big job is to turn that around and reverse it," he said.

Although Pritchard has never held a public office before this, he says he is more than up to the job:

"I'm here to represent everyone, and I think my business background gives me a certain style of leadership that may be a little different than my predecessor," he explained.


His predecessor, outgoing mayor Sal Garza, served one term in office before being defeated by Pritchard on Election Day April 9th.

"I think he did a fine job for us and I wish him the very best," said Marvin Dahlberg, Galesburg Treasurer. Dahlberg was also celebrating his own recent re-election to another four year term at a reception for the incoming and outgoing mayors Monday night.

Garza declined an on-camera interview with us, but speaking in front of city council, he expressed optimism about the city's future under its new leadership - wishing Pritchard and the community well.


"I'm pretty excited," Pritchard said.

"You are either going forward or you are going backward, and we'd like to think we are going to be moving forward in Galesburg," said Dahlberg.

Moline also has a new mayor taking office this week.


Scott Raes will be sworn in Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in city council chambers.

He is replacing retiring Mayor Don Welvaert, who served 10 years in that office.


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