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Geneva council appoints new city administrator, police chief

Mexin, McKittrick formally announce their retirements

GENEVA – The dual retirements of City Administrator Mary McKittrick and Police Chief Steve Mexin formally were announced Monday at the Geneva City Council meeting.

In two unanimous votes, aldermen approved the appointment of Stephanie Dawkins as city administrator beginning June 13, and for Cmdr. Eric Passarelli to be police chief May 9. 

“I cannot say enough good things about Miss Dawkins,” Mayor Kevin Burns said. “She has served well as second-in-command or second chair, if you will. I believe she is eminently qualified to succeed Mrs. McKittrick in the role as city administrator.”

Dawkins began working for Geneva in 2008 as assistant city administrator/director of administrative services, where she was responsible for all operations in finance, human resources and information technologies divisions, officials said.

Dawkins’ achievements include assisting in the city’s earning its first Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association and serving as chief negotiator for the city’s labor contracts.

Mexin and Passarelli were not at the meeting as they had another commitment, Burns said.

“Chief Mexin tendered his resignation a few weeks back,” Burns said. “We owe him a debt of gratitude.”

Passarelli served the city more than 22 years, Burns said, earning the respect and trust of his fellow officers.

“All of us had the pleasure of working with Mary,” Burns said. “I have worked with Mary virtually throughout her career at the city … 17 years.”

Burns noted McKittrick began municipal service as an elected official.

“She saw the light,” Burns said, laughing.

Burns asked McKittrick if she had anything to say.

“No, thank you,” McKittrick replied.

“That is why we like Mary,” Burns said, joking.

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