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City Administrator Resigns

By Gordon Hopkins
Although he has held the position for less than one year, Fairbury City Administrator Robert Messbarger will be moving on from his position with the city late this year.
Messbarger tendered his resignation on Monday, May 23. According to Fairbury Mayor Spencer Brown, Messbarger is taking a position outside of Fairbury. His last days as City Administrator will be July 22 of this year.
The Mayor told FJN, “Robert was offered a great opportunity to be closer to his family, and while we are sad to see him go, we appreciate the past year that he has spent with the City of Fairbury and wish him and his family nothing but the absolute best.”
The Fairbury City Council was introduced to the new City Administrator at a meeting the evening of Tuesday, July 6, 2021, and officially began his tenure as Administrator effective July 20, that same year when he was sworn in.
Messbarger replaced Mary Renn, who announced her resignation as City Administrator on May, 2021. Renn remains with the city as a project manager.
The City of Fairbury is now actively looking for a replacement. Mayor Brown said, “The City Administrator position has been posted available for applications on the city website.”

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