EDWARDSVILLE — Chairman Alan J. Dunstan Thursday announced the selection of Frank Miles to serve as manager of Madison County Community Development replacing Walter Hunter, who will retire at the end of June following a 37-year career in county government.
Madison County Community Development was established in 1975 by the County Board to administer the Community Block Grant Program as well as other federal, state and local grant programs. The department is also responsible for the county’s economic development and business retention program.
“Madison County Community Development has an integral role that improves and enhances the quality of life for county residents, administering programs that provide communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs such as decent, affordable housing and services to the most vulnerable citizens in our communities,” Dunstan said. “It is very important to have the right person heading the department, and Frank Miles is that person.”
Miles is executive director of Southwestern Illinois Community College’s Granite City campus and is the Edwardsville Township supervisor. He has served as business development manager for America’s Central Port, administrator of the Madison County Planning and Development department, district chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, city administrator for the city of O’Fallon and, in 2010, as Madison County treasurer.
Dunstan said experience in two key areas were particularly significant in the selection of Miles.
“In the competitive and austere environment in which county government operates, experience in economic development and fiscal management was particularly important in appointing Frank (Miles) to the position,” Dunstan said.
“I am confident that under the direction of Frank Miles, Madison County Community Development will be in an even better position to help our county’s residents and that county government will be in an even better position of attracting new businesses, and jobs, to Madison County.”
Miles said he was excited about the opportunity of returning to Madison County government.
“Although I was very happy in my position with Southwestern Illinois Community College and working with a dynamic, visionary leader such as Georgia Costello, the position with Community Development gives me the opportunity to make a real, positive impact on the people of Madison County,” Miles said.
“My entire career has been devoted to public service. This position give me the opportunity to play a key role in the creation of new jobs, working to keep jobs in the county, to help our communities and, importantly, to help those less fortunate,” Miles added. “I look forward to assisting Chairman Dunstan as he works to build a better Madison County, and continuing the excellent work of Walter Hunter. I want to thank the chairman for the opportunity.”
A native of Granite City, Miles graduated from Granite City North High School. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) with a degree in government and public affairs, and earned his master’s of public administration from SIUE in 1988. Miles also served as an adjunct faculty member in the SIUE Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis.
In addition to his professional career, Miles is active in the community serving on a number of board and committees, including:
- The Missouri-Illinois Export Council
- The Interagency Military Support Base and Economic Development Committee
- The Southwestern Illinois Military Base Assets Protection Task Force
- Board member of the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council
- Advisory board of the Edwardsville Main Street Community Center
- Vice Chairman of the Heartlands Conservancy
- Director of the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation Agency
- Treasurer of the Southwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
- Member, Confluence St. Louis Charter Board
- Advisory board member for the Jerry F. Costello – National Great Rivers Research and Education Center