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|Dane Bragg to Leave Galesburg
|FIRST REPORTED 12:30pm, UPDATED 1:28pm 7/2/10 City Manager Dane Bragg is set to leave the City of Galesburg.
A statement issued by the city indicates that Bragg is expected to be approved July 12th at Village Manager of the Chicago Suburb of Buffalo Grove, and could start work there as soon as September.
Bragg came to Galesburg in 2007 after the retirement of longtime City Manager Gary Goddard, following years in Decatur as Assistant City Manager and Director of Economic and Urban Development before that.
Bragg, the statement says, was one of 104 candidates to apply for the job.
Village President Elliott Hartstein said, "We are very, very excited to have Dane's experience and innovative leadership come to Buffalo Grove to work with and lead our tremendous team of staff."
The City of Galesburg's statement credits Bragg with restructuring the budget process saving the city money, reducing debt, and, among other things, orchestrating the almost-complete nearly 20-million dollar upgrade to the city's water plant at Oquawka, along with the securing of grant money for three proposed rail crossing grade separations, construction on the first of which is expected to begin late this year.
Bragg says in the statement that he's grateful to the city and its citizens.
Bragg's departure comes following recent published reports of closed-door disagreements between him and Mayor Sal Garza, causing the mayor in one instance to slam a door and break a light fixture.
Bragg has not returned calls for comment. It's not clear when the search for a replacement for Bragg might take place.
(Galesburg City Manager Dane Bragg, right, holds a gift given to Carl Sandburg College by Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen, left, in appreciation for their hosting the six "Galesburg Advantage" visioning sessions in April 2009. CSC Board member Gayla Pacheco, center, accepts on the college's behalf. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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