Patrick McKeehan, the head of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE, has been named economic development director of the city of O’Fallon, Mo., the city announced today.
Mayor Bill Hennessy and O’Fallon City Administrator Bonnie Therrien made the announcement. McKeehan replaces Mike Hurlbert, who recently was appointed as director of Community Development for St. Charles County.
McKeehan (left) brings 30 years of economic development experience to O’Fallon with roles throughout the St. Louis Metro Area and Metro East. His experience includes leadership and consulting roles with the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, St. Louis Regional Automotive Partnership/Ford Hazelwood Task Force, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis County Economic Council and Missouri Department of Economic Development.
He has been head of the SBDC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since 2013 and will take the new job July 18.
McKeehan’s last day on the SIUE campus is July 15. The School of Business is in the process of determining who will cover his duties on an interim basis, a spokesman said.
— From the Illinois Business Journal