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Tim Smith is opening one of two boxes of socks donated by Habano's cigar lounge and thier customers, for the Ethel Schurlock Giving Center.


Kids line up to receive treats from the Township at fright night.

senior holiday

Supervisor Brandmeyer handing out gift cards at the Senior Holiday Luncheon

thanksgiving holiday

Never too young to help at MLK Center's thanksgiving meal.

kids and cops


Veterans Appreciation Luncheon 2022: Sponsored by Rock Island Township and surrounding Townships


Office Administrator Stephanie enjoying Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus



baseball team

Rock Island Township proud sponsor of little league baseball!

Collage of Rock Island Township Officials

Rock Island Township Officials

Photo of all the elected officials together in the township office
Front row: Heather Gray, Town Clerk; John R Brandmeyer Jr., Supervisor; Christina Wilson, Assessor
Back row: Trustees Vince G. Thomas, Rita Kirk, Tia Parker, and Jeff Lam Sr.

Rock Island Township Elected Officials

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 and running Town Board Meetings.


Photo of John Brandmeyer Junior
John R. Brandmeyer Jr.
Township Supervisor
309/788-3417 (office)
563/508-3363 (cell)


Mr. Brandmeyer was elected to the position of Rock Island Township supervisor in May of 2021.

Mr. Brandmeyer received his Bachelor's Degree from St. Ambrose University, majoring in Business Administration, Economics, and minor in Accounting.previous education was in Rock Island(Sacred Heart grade school and Alleman High School).

I have been a lifelong resident of Rock Island and am very pleased to be able to serve the residents of Rock Island. Working at Farmall in Rock Island, The Quad City Times, and the Rock Island Argus retiring in 2019.

Spent my life volunteering for different organizations in Rock Island, a few examples are with Little League baseball, little Rocks football, on the board of the Rock Island Elks, member of the Rock Island Booster club, and several other organizations.

My door is always open to serve the residents of Rock Island Township in a courteous and professional manner.


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.


Photo of Christina Wilson
Christina Wilson, C.I.A.O.
Township Assessor
309/786-2961 (office)
  Christina started working in the Assessor's office in 2013. She received her C.I.A.O. (Certified Illinois Assessing Officer) certification in May 2019. She worked as a field inspector and deputy assessor for 7 years before being appointed to Assessor in April 2020 when Brenda Carmen retired. She was elected to Assessor in April 2021 for her first term to begin January 1st, 2022 which she is currently serving.

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.


Photo of Jeff Lam
Jeff Lam Sr.


Photo of Tia Parker
Tia Parker
817 22nd Street
  Tia Parker was appointed to fill the remainder of former Trustee Heather Gray’s term; until May 2021. Ms. Parker is a Registered Nurse, working at Unity Point Hospital Rock Island as an Operating Room Nurse and Relief Lead. She previously served as a Wound Care Nurse at Unity Point Hospital Moline. Ms. Parker, her husband 5th Ward Alderman Dylan, and children live in the Broadway Historic Neighborhood.
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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
Photo of Heather Gray
Heather Gray
100 20th Street #317
309/236-0033 (cell)
  Trustee Heather Gray was appointed the Town Clerk on February 10, 2020, to fill the vacancy created by Joan Clark’s death. Ms. Gray is learning her new responsibilities of writing minutes and being the official record keeper of the Township. She is also the Township’s Freedom of Information and Open Meeting Act Officer. She previously served as a Trustee, having been appointed in April 2008 to fill the vacancy following the death of Trustee Geraldine James. Ms. Gray was elected to her first term in April 2009 and reelected in 2013 and 2017. She is the Pre-School Director at the Rock Island Fitness and Activity Center.
Township Staff   Assessor’s Office Staff
Stephanie Groom
Stephanie Groom
Office Manager/ Case Worker
309/788-3417 (office)
  Connie Abernathy
Connie Abernathy, C.I.A.O.
Chief Deputy Assessor
309/786-2961 (office)
Tim Smith
Tim Smith