Monica Bristow, the longtime head of the RiverBend Growth Association, is stepping down from her job to seek the state representative role being vacated by Dan Beiser.
Bristow, a Democrat, made the announcement at the close of a board meeting this morning. She has been considering the move for many months, in the wake of the planned retirement of Beiser, who is not running when his terms expires next year.
Here is a release sent out by the board today:
“Announcement of Resignation of President of the RiverBend Growth
Association, Monica Bristow
“It is with a mixture of gratitude and sadness that the Board of Directors of the RiverBend Growth Association (RBGA) announces the departure of its President, Monica Bristow effective November 30, 2017.
“Since 2003 Monica has played an integral role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership we wish her the best of luck in her pursuit of the seat in the Illinois House of Representatives 111th District that will be open due to the announced retirement of current Representative Daniel Beiser.
“The Board would like to thank Monica for her 14 years of dedicated service to the RBGA, its member communities and businesses involving many significant accomplishments including:
• Helping create the CEO Program for High School Seniors
• Bringing the local municipalities closer together to work for
the interests of the whole Riverbend Region
• Working on the Illinois Medical Malpractice Issues
• Prevention of the General Revenue Tax
• Participation in workforce issues
A committee has been formed by the Board of the RBGA to conduct a search for both an interim President and a permanent President in the coming months to lead the organization.
“We cannot thank Monica enough for the dedication, passion and enthusiasm she has given to the RBGA over the last 14 years. She will be missed by Staff, Board and Membership alike”, said Board Chairman, August Wuellner.”