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Appointment of New Chief Deputy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Bennett   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:34

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Sergeant Thomas Gibbs has been appointed the new chief deputy for the Scott County Sheriff's Office. This appointment was created with the retirement of former Chief Deputy Mike Brown.

"Tom Gibbs has played a vital role in recent technology upgrades that have occurred in Scott County, including the New World Data Management System that was implemented in Scott County and the State of Iowa's new EDMS Court Paperwork System" says Sheriff Conard. "His knowledge and expertise helped make these two upgrades work for the Sheriff's Office. As law enforcement progresses into the 21st Century, Tom Gibbs' knowledge, expertise and work ethic will help guide the Sheriff's Office, as we continue to embrace modern policing practices."

Thomas Gibbs, originally from the Coralville/Iowa City area, was sworn in as a deputy with the Scott County Sheriff's Office on February 9, 2004. Mr. Gibbs is a graduate of Iowa City West High School and joined the U.S. Air Force where he worked as a law enforcement canine patrolman. He was last assigned to Andrews AFB in Maryland where he provided explosive detector dog support to the Air Force One Mission and Support Complex. After separating from the U.S.A.F. he worked briefly as a security officer at the Library of Congress, and then joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. While working for the Scott County Sheriff's Office he is a member of 

the Emergency Services Team, a Field Training Officer, and was the Sheriff's Office first canine handler. He was previously assigned to Sheriff's Office Administration assiting with technology and other projects as assigned. Tom is married to Heather Gibbs (Huffman) who is from Bettendorf. Together they have two daughters Abigail and Sydney and currently reside in Davenport.


Major Mike Brown's Retirement from the Scott County Sheriff's Office PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Bennett   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:05

On Friday, October 10, 2014, Major Mike Brown will retire after 32 years of law enforcement service to Scott County, with 28 of those years to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Major Brown began his law enforcement career in 1982 in the City of LeClaire, Iowa afterwhich he began working as a deputy sheriff for the Scott County Sheriff's Office in 1986. Major Brown moved through the ranks and served in the Patrol Division, the Civil Division and the Criminal Investigations Division, in various capacities including the Emergency Services Team, one of the first drug investigation units, as a liaison deputy for Pleasant Valley Community School District, and for the last 15 years as the internal affairs investigator. Major Brown has had the opportunity to be involved in several high profile investigation cases during his career.

Major Brown was promoted to the rank of chief deputy in November, 2005 and has held this position since that time.

There will be an open house in Major Brown's honor on Friday, October 10th from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Scott County Sheriff's Office Pavillion Conference Room, on the second floor of the Scott County Courthouse.

Governor Quinn Announces $404,500 Investment to Improve Milan Readiness Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 03 October 2014 14:39

Improvements to Military Facility Will Benefit Illinois’ Servicemembers

MILAN – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $404,500 state and federal investment to make needed improvements to the Milan Readiness Center. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward, and to make sure men and women serving our country have the facilities they need to support their mission.

“We need to make sure our state’s infrastructure is properly maintained, especially when it comes to facilities used by our servicemembers,” Governor Quinn said. “This work on the Milan Readiness Center will help this vital military facility supply our citizen soldiers with the training and support they need.”

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the armory will be upgraded, including the replacement of the exhaust system and dampers, upgrading the boiler system and replacing the system controls. The project will also upgrade the electrical distribution system, including the installation of distribution and breaker panels and new conduit as required. Loescher Heating & Air Conditioning of Freeport was the low bidder for the project at $404,500. The project will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

“I applaud Governor Quinn’s announcement today of Illinois’ investment in improvements at the Milan Readiness Center,” State Representative Patrick Verschoore (D-Milan) said. “I have fought hard for any investment that will help increase the efficiency of our brave young men and woman serving in our military as well as ensure they have all the tools necessary in order to be prepared for any task they are called upon to complete."


Riverwatch Place – New Building Development PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:41

227 LeClaire Street
Total Investment: $25 million (Est.)
Total Public Investment:TBD - TIF reimbursement/Potential Brownfield Grant
Jobs Created: TBD
Status: Demo in December of existing hotel building, construction in 2015

Two well-known developers and one of the Quad-Cities largest construction firms are teaming up to replace one of Davenport's worst eyesores with a gleaming new downtown development.

Riverwatch Place, a six-story mixed-use office and retail development, is the name of the winning proposal for replacement of the dilapidated Howard Johnson's property at the central city's eastern gateway. The developers are Bush Construction and Ruhl Commercial Investors, BLDD Architects.

The empty  hotel on the site has sat empty since 2009, earning it the dubious distinction of being one of downtown's most notorious blighted properties. By contrast, the glass-encased new building will contain 60,000 square-feet, with most dedicated to Class A office space. Plans also call for a sixth-floor restaurant reminiscent of the old Davenport Club, and other retail and/or restaurant uses on the first floor.

Property owner Demolition Davenport, through the Downtown Davenport Partnership, will continue to be the steward of the property until a final closing.

The developers intend to demolish the building by the end of the year, with their sights set on spring or summer construction. City staff is working on some property consolidation and a draft economic development agreement. Bruce Berger, Davenport's Community Planning & Economic Development Director, said the major incentive used will likely be a Tax Increment Financing reimbursement of the increased assessed value of the site, at a percentage to be determined.

Kyle Carter of the Downtown Partnership said the time is ripe for new office development downtown. For one, most of the downtown building stock is older, historic businesses which are often difficult and expensive to convert into modern office use. Secondly, while the massive increase in new downtown market rate apartments has been good for business, office space drives up demand for daytime retail and commercial uses even more.

"New construction offers developers a blank slate;  we have a real opportunity to add more variety to our commercial offerings downtown to suit users that are seeking more open space.”

Berger said completion of both this project and the pending Dock at Davenport project will breathe new life into downtown's east side.

"Adding amenities like new restaurants as well as Class A office space show that downtown Davenport is vibrant and a great place to do business," Berger said. "It makes our job of attracting new investment and new businesses easier."


Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Combat Homelessness Among Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:49

$1.2 Million Investment Will Double The Salvation Army’s Capacity to Serve Our Veterans and Those in Need

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $1.2 million investment in The Salvation Army of Sangamon County for a major project that will double the shelter’s capacity to help veterans in need. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.

“The men and women who have fought for our country should not have to face another battle to find a home of their own,” Governor Quinn said. “We need to make sure our servicemembers have the comforts of home they deserve. An investment in Springfield’s Salvation Army shelter will create additional space and offer more helping hands when our heroes need it most. That’s the spirit of Illinois, and it’s a tradition of service we have learned from those who have answered the call to duty.”

The $1.2 million investment from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program will complete phase one of The Salvation Army’s $6.8 million, three-phase renovation of the recently acquired property at Ninth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Springfield. The 60,000-square-foot former office building will increase the shelter’s capacity from 36 to 72 beds. The new facility will also allow The Salvation Army to expand its assistance programs, including veterans services, medical services, a food pantry, larger kitchen and dining room, classrooms and a computer lab where residents can receive job training.

“For more than 125 years, The Salvation Army has been serving the needs of the less fortunate within our community and sharing with them that they are loved by God and not forgotten nor left behind,” Major Steven Woodard of the Salvation Army said. “The Salvation Army has consistently met its pledge of ‘Doing the Most Good’ thanks to the tremendous generosity of this community. This support from Governor Quinn provides a hope to this community that will last for a long time.”

“The Salvation Army does Springfield a great service by helping the homeless with a wide range of services, including emergency shelter, work training, education and counseling,” Springfield Mayor Mike Houston said. “We are very excited that Governor Quinn’s investment will allow The Salvation Army to continue and expand this most important work.”

“We are grateful to Governor Quinn for his leadership on the toughest of issues facing our veteran community – that of veteran homelessness,” Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Acting Director Rodrigo Garcia said. “While we’ve made impressive strides in ending veteran homelessness in Illinois by working with non-profit partners such as The Salvation Army and other agencies, there is still more to do. For those who’ve given so much, we owe them that opportunity to succeed and thrive and this a great step forward.”

Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, the IDVA has expanded efforts and outreach to help end veteran homelessness. The IDVA-run Prince Home at Manteno is a program for veterans with disabilities and veterans who are homeless that equips them to achieve individual growth and independence. Illinois Joining Forces, established in 2012 with the Governor’s support and leadership, has a working group focused on veteran housing and homelessness issues. In addition, IDVA service officers across the state work with veterans and their families to secure disability benefits, aid and attendance support, and other compensation earned through service to help veterans stay in their homes after service.


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