The City Administrator

The City Administrator is the chief administrative officer of the City. The administrator coordinates, implements and manages all programs and activities of the City, consistent with the policies set forth by the Mayor and City Council.

Specific operating responsibilities include:

  • Supervising and directing the day-to-day operations of all City departments and personnel.
  • Preparing the City's annual operating budget.
  • Developing and implementing the City's capital improvement plan.
  • Administering personnel policies and labor agreements.
  • Providing liaison and continuing communications with offices and agencies not under the City Council's jurisdiction or policy control.

City Administration Staff

 

Lew Steinbrecher, City Administrator

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Lew Steinbrecher has spent over 40 years in local government, most recently as Moline's city administrator, a job he held for 12 years before retiring last November. Mayor Rod Davies was able to coax him out of retirement to help run Monmouth for the rest of the year.
 
Lew is originally from a small town in southern Michigan and has been a municipal manager for six different communities in the Midwest, including Albion, Michigan, which is very similar to Monmouth with a population of 10,000 people, a small private four-year liberal arts college, and a sizeable diverse population. He also served as the economic development director for a regional planning agency at the beginning of his 42-year career.

He has an undergraduate degree in community planning and development and a Master of Science degree in administration. Lew started working for the City of Monmouth on May 31, 2017, and is excited to work with community leaders along with Mayor Davies and the City Council members to advance the various economic development projects already in progress, as well as several planned public infrastructure improvement projects soon to begin construction.


 

Jan Helms, Executive Administrative Assistant

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Jan Helms has been with the City of Monmouth since 2004. She provides administrative assistance to the Mayor, City Administrator, and Fire Chief. In addition, she takes care of liability and property insurance, fire department payroll submission, and assists with budget preparation. Her position also involves applying for and administering most grants for the City.

Jan has a Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University, where her emphasis was in business and management coursework. She also has an Associate in Science degree from Carl Sandburg College. She continues to stay up to date by attending seminars and conferences on topics such as grant writing and social media.

Jan is a big animal lover. She has two dogs and says, “Training service dogs would be my dream job. That is my plan for retirement!


 

Marcum Spears, City Attorney

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Brenda Boydstun, Account Manager and Affirmative Action Officer

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Kenneth Helms, Director of Information Technology

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Ken Helms began working with the City of Monmouth as a contractor in 2009, building the infrastructure for the Monmouth Police Department when they moved to their new building. He became the City’s Director of Information Technology in 2011.

If you follow the City’s Facebook page, you’ve probably read many of Ken’s helpful posts, such as his one-page summaries of our City Council meetings. Ken’s duties also include working with our water plant’s SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system and serving as the 911 Coordinator.

Ken has many hobbies, ranging from skydiving to competitive cycling to his current interest in drones and photography. He uses his drone to livestream events like our Fourth of July fireworks display and other special events.


Chad Braatz, Sustainability Coordinator

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Chad Braatz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Monmouth College and began his career as a fourth grade teacher. At a former mayor’s suggestion, he joined the City of Monmouth in 1987. Since then, he has held several waste management positions with the City and with Illinois counties.  

Chad is a SWANA-certified manager of municipal solid waste management systems, and he’s a SWANA-certified recycling systems manager. (SWANA is the Solid Waste Association of North America.)

When he was the solid waste coordinator for the Tri-County Resource and Waste Management Council of McDonough, Mercer, and Warren Counties, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association (ILCSWMA) conference in 2003. Chad has served on the ILCSWMA board of directors for over 20 years.

In his spare time, Chad likes to build 1/48 scale military model airplanes. “My mission is to honor those who served and flew in World War II,” he says. To do so, Chad builds models of the planes from that time period. He has completed 230 so far, with 300 more to go.