Quad Citizen: Reggie Freeman

Quad Citizen: Reggie Freeman

Former Police Chief, Avid Golfer, Black Hawk College Graduate

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Reggie Freeman is the current mayor of East Moline, but before that, he started his career as a building service maintenance employee for Bell Telephone. From there, he joined the Moline police force in 1972, moving through the ranks to become police chief. With over 30 years of service, he retired from the force and became the Regional Manager for Driver Services for the State of Illinois, managing 8 DMV locations until he was elected Mayor of East Moline, a position he's had since 2017.

Freeman says he couldn't have done all of that without his education. After graduating for UTHS, he attended Black Hawk College for a year, then left for a job with Bell Telephone. At one point, two policemen told him that he should “look at a career in law enforcement.” After a 32-year career, Reggie now knows it was good advice, retiring in 2004.

Reggie Freeman eventually graduated from Black Hawk College in 1988 and is glad he did. Education has been important as well as his ability to be a “people person.” He says: “all through the years...people look at me as, I hope, the person they could talk to and have a friendly conversation.” His people skills have served him well.

In addition to a welcome way with words, Freeman says he's an avid golfer (“my main sports outlet”) and loves the Chicago Bears and the Cubs. “I'm the typical 'wait until next year' kind of fan.”

While his favorite teams may be in the Windy City, Freeman is quick to let you know that his “heart has always been in East Moline.” As Mayor, he's proud of the growth that is happening at the old Case IH renovation with The Bend, a multi-component development with a hotel, event center, apartments, and much more. Reggie says he didn't get the ball rolling on the project, but has been proud to continue work on it. “I'm really excited about what we're seeing happening down there...on the mighty Mississippi,” he said, smiling.

Freeman likes the growth he sees with Black Hawk College, Western Illinois University and the other colleges in the Quad Cities and the schools are one of the reasons he stays here. His children went to college here. “It's a great place to raise kids,” Freeman says about the Quad Cities. “The opportunities are here...and the quality of life is comparable to a larger city.”

He appreciates how the colleges help both the public and the private sectors here in the Quad Cities and how the schools cooperate with each other just as he feels the mayors in the Quad Cities work hard to do.  Freeman says he thinks the programs that schools like Black Hawk offer to help students learn skilled trades is also important to the success of the QC. 

“There are opportunities if you apply yourself,” he says. “It's nice living in the Quad Cities.”

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