Eric Hanson has served as assistant city manager for the Town of Normal since 2019. In this role, he oversees the following Town departments: Inspections, Clerk, Facilities, Water, Fire, Human Resources and Engineering. He is responsible for coordinating special projects and economic development activities and assists with budget preparation and creation of council agendas and reports.
Prior to joining the Town of Normal, Hanson served as the city manager for Ballwin, Mo., Indianola, Iowa and Monmouth, Ill. In addition to city management experience, Hanson served as mayor of the Village of Cambridge, Ill.; where he was elected the youngest mayor (age 24) in village history in 2001. During his tenure in these four cities, Hanson worked on economic development projects totaling more than $500 million and capital improvement initiatives of over $50 million.
A native of west central Illinois, Hanson graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science and concentration in economics from Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield. From 2009 to 2011, Hanson served as an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science Department at Monmouth College.
In 2012, Hanson received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Monmouth Rotary Club. In 2009, Monmouth College recognized Hanson as the Distinguished Young Alumnus. And, in 2004, he was recognized as a Quad Cities Leader Under 40 recipient.
Hanson is a member of the Illinois City/County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association.