BATAVIA – Anthony Isom of DeKalb was serving an internship with the village of Campton Hills, when he met Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke at a municipal government association breakfast a couple of years ago.
Impressed with the mayor, Isom decided he would be interested in working for the city of Batavia if he got the opportunity.
That chance has materialized, and Isom last week started work as assistant to City Administrator Laura Newman.
Isom has a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University, worked for the DeKalb County Housing Authority and served the Campton Hills internship as assistant to the village administrator.
“I wanted to pursue a career in my field of study and work with people,” Isom said. “Working with the city of Batavia is what I’ve always wanted.”
At the Batavia Government Center, Isom will serve in direct support to Newman, who took over the top city staff post last year.
Isom will have a wide range of administrative duties, from responding to inquiries and complaints from the public to confirming the accuracy of details in city communications.
The administrative assistant also will produce special reports and surveys, legal notices and work on contract bids, as well as serving as a recording secretary to city boards and commissions when needed.
“He has a passion for municipal government, and we’re lucky to have him,” Newman said.
Isom’s role is expected to include plenty of contact with the public, and facilitating coordination between the city’s departments.
“I’m going to serve in any capacity I can and learn from all the great people who are here,” Isom said.