Cannon is excited to being his new role with the city of Fulton and plans on using his 20 years of military experience in the United States Air Force private sector to propel himself into the position.
During his years in the Air Force, Cannon worked in the Air Defense Operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) before retiring and taking control of his family’s commercial roofing business in Birmingham, Ala.
After spending 12 years as a business owner, Cannon felt a strong desire to get back into the world of public service and enrolled at NIU to receive his master’s degree in public administration.
“While the private sector was rewarding and taught valuable lessons, a desire grew for me to be get back in public service,” said Cannon. “Public administration satisfies this desire and Fulton is an ideal place for (my wife and I) to be. The community has a sound financial footing, a talented staff and officials with a commitment to growth.”
Cannon’s availability will play strongly in Fulton’s favor as Balk’s final day as city administrator will come Oct. 31, giving he and Cannon a little more than a week for the transition.
Because the city of Fulton has highly qualified staff, according to Cannon, he feels comfortable with the short time table he is working with.
“My role there is not to do everyone’s job. My job is to make sure everyone is in going down the right path,” Cannon said. “I’m comfortable with that and I’m looking forward to get to know the Futon community, residents, businesses, business owners and just becoming a part of the community.”