ROCKFORD — City Administrator Jim Ryan, one of the first people appointed to Mayor Larry Morrissey’s administration, will leave City Hall for a job with Rock Valley College.
Morrissey announced Ryan’s resignation at 4 p.m. today at a news conference at City Hall.
Ryan, along with City Attorney Patrick Hayes, were Morrissey’s first appointments when he took office in April 2005 and has been the city’s “chief strategist and problem-solver.”
Ryan will join Rock Valley as the college’s new vice president and chief operating officer. He will oversee information technology, the RVC Police Department, events management/theater, athletics, print services, mail services, transportation, facilities management, capital construction, emergency management and food service contracts.
As city administrator, he oversaw the operations of 10 city departments, more than 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $262 million. Ryan created the city’s first information technology department, negotiated deals to bring the Lowe’s Midwest distribution center and the Chicago Blackhawks minor league franchise to Rockford and guided the city through record capital investments in the city’s infrastructure.
“We are thrilled to bring in a person with such a diverse and extensive level of operations experience,” RVC President Dr. Doug Jensen said in news release issued this afternoon. “Under his watch, and due to his collaboration with Mayor Morrissey, the city of Rockford has transformed itself into a place people want to live and work. Just look at the great things that are happening downtown. We’re beyond excited to see what Mr. Ryan can do for Rock Valley College.”