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Rock Island Township Officials

The elected officials and staff of Rock Island Township are:

The Township Supervisor is the Township’s chief executive officer and is responsible for all Township financial affairs, administering the General Assistance Program, preparing the tax levy and budget, preparing agendas for and running Town Board meetings.


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Alan M. Carmen
Township Supervisor
309/788-3417 (office)
309/373-1422 (cell)

  Rock Island Township Supervisor since May 2013, he is responsible for the General Assistance program, Township Hall and a variety of Township programs.

Mr. Carmen retired from the City of Rock Island in November 2012 after 32 years of service, 27 of them as Planning & Redevelopment Administrator. He supervised zoning administration, award-winning neighborhood, special area and historic preservation planning, housing rehabilitation, lead-based paint treatment and neighborhood revitalization programs and the City’s Community Development Block Grant program.  He was also Rock Island’s Urban Planner and Administrative Assistant to the Community Development Director. He was a Planner with the Titusville, PA Redevelopment Authority from 1978 – 1980.

Mr. Carmen received his Bachelokr’s Degree in Community Development from Penn State and his Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

He has been a guest lecturer at Augustana College and has made presentations about planning, riverfront development and historic preservation at many local, state and regional conferences and workshops. He was a Citizen of the Year – City Employee category, Community Caring Conference Community Hero and unofficially designated a Local Landmark by the Rock Island Preservation Commission.


The Assessor establishes property values of all parcels on the Township. She does not levy taxes. Based on Illinois law, this is the only elected position in the State that requires the candidate to have formal training and certification before seeking office.


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Brenda L. Carmen, C.I.A.O.
Township Assessor
309/786-2961 (office)
  Brenda L. Carmen, Assessor: Ms. Carmen has been Rock Island Township's Assessor since January 1, 2010. She was first elected to the position in April 2009 and reelected in April 2013. Prior to becoming Assessor, she served as Rock Island Township Trustee for 12 years, first being elected in 1996. Ms. Carmen also serves as Democratic Precinct Committeewoman (Rock Island 7).

Township Trustees set policies and priorities for the Township (excluding the Assessor’s office), adopt the Town budget and appropriation ordinance and approve all legally incurred bills.


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James H. Kerr, Sr.
523 18th Avenue
309/786-4300 (home)

Mr. Kerr graduated from Rock Island High School in 1958 and joined the United States Air Force serving from 1961 – 1965 (Fire Fighter / Aircraft Rescuer).  He then worked at Farmall for 25 years, retiring in 1985 due to it closing down.  He then worked more than 20 years at East Moline Correctional Center and retired in 2002.

Mr. Kerr has held multiple government positions, including Precinct Committeeman, Rock Island 1st Ward Alderman (1985-89), and as Rock Island Township Trustee since 2001. Mr. Kerr currently serves as Vice President of the Rock Island County Township Association. He is past Chairman of People for Alternative Government Effort (P.A.G.E. – the organization that brought the ward system to the City of Rock Island) since 1985.

Mr. Kerr was Chairman of Rock Island Clean and Beautiful in 1989; the year it was the City’s Organization of the Year.  He received the Martin Luther King Center “I Have A Dream” Award in 1990.  The Illinois State Employees Reach Out Award was presented to him by Illinois’ First Lady Brenda Edgar in 1993. He was named to the Community Caring Conference Hall of Fame in 1999.  In 2013, he received recognition from the Vietnam Veterans of America Quad Cities Chapter 299 as a Founding Member and for 25 years of continuous service.

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Heather Gray
1043 20th Street
309/236-0033 (cell)
  Heather Gray, Trustee: Ms. Gray has served as Township Trustee since April 2008 when she was appointed to the Town Board following Trustee Geraldine James' death. Ms. Gray was elected to her first term in April 2009 and reelected in April 2013. She is the Pre-School Director at the Rock Island Fitness and Activity Center (RIFAC).
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Vincent G. Thomas
1000 21st Street
309/786-6944 (home)

Mr. Thomas has served as a Trustee since 2009. He is also an adjunct instructor at Black Hawk College, Moline. In 2001, after serving more than 29 years, he retired as executive director from Project NOW Community Action Agency, a “War on Poverty” program.

He was a newspaper reporter for the Moline Daily Dispatch, and The Morning Democrat, Davenport. He served in public relations for the mental health program at the former Franciscan Hospital, Rock Island, was coordinator of Operation Read (a west side branch of Rock Island Public Library) and an instructor at the East Moline Correctional Center for Roosevelt University, Chicago.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Charleston University, West Virginia and his Journalism degree from Drake University, Iowa. Mr. Thomas received a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Iowa’s School of Social Work. He is a Certified Community Action Professional.

He has served in different capacities on many boards of local and statewide organizations, including NAACP and Left Bank Art League treasurer, Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities board, the US China People’s Friendship Association and a member of Casa Guanajuato in Moline. He is a founding member of the Quad Cities African American Museum.

Mr. Thomas was one of the first recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King, “I Have a Dream” award in 1986. Other awards include Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens, John H. Williams Community Service Award, Social Worker of the Year, Quad City League of Native Americans, Illinois Citizen Action, Illinois Statewide Housing Action Council. In 2007, he received the first Human Rights Award from Christian Women United.

Mr. Thomas and his wife published the New Times, a Quad Cities monthly alternative newspaper, from 1969 to 1985.

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Rita Kirk
504 12th Avenue
309/786-3799 (home)
  Rita Kirk, Trustee: Ms. Kirk was elected to her first term as Trustee in April 2013. She served as Rock Island Township Caseworker for 20 years, prior to retiring in January 2013.


The Town Clerk is responsible for maintaining all Township records, except for the General Assistance program. This includes keeping accurate records of all meetings and posting all public notices.


Town Clerk

  VACANT due to the death of Joan Clark on 12/31/19.
Township Staff   Assessor’s Office Staff
Doris Quigley, CAP
Case Worker / Bookkeeper
309/788-3417 (office)
  Connie Abernathy, C.I.A.O.
Deputy Assessor
309/786-2961 (office)
Terry Harris
  Christina Wilson, C.I.A.O.
Deputy Assessor
309/786-2961 (office)
Tim Smith
Office Assistant