Education: Bachelor of Science, majoring in recreation, parks and tourism administration with a minor in business management; Western Illinois University, 1992; Internship program in spring 1993 at WIU
• Chicago Southland CVB, sales manager internship, Olympia Fields, Ill., spring 1993.
• Tacoma-Pierce County CVB, sales manager, Tacoma, Wash., 1993-1995.
• DuPage County Convention and Visitors Bureau, director of sales, Oak Brook, Ill., 1995-1997.
• Circuit Services Group, consulting representative, Yorkville, Ill., 1998-2003.
• Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, director of sales, Elgin, Ill., 2003-2004.
• City of Joliet Visitors Bureau, executive director/founder, 2004-2008.
• City of Joliet director of marketing and communications, city manager’s office, 2008-2010.
• City of Joliet assistant city manager in the city manager’s officer, from June 2010 to present.
• International City/County Management Association
• Illinois City/County Management Association
• Will County Managers Association
• Board President of Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau
• Illinois Council of Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Member
• Joliet Chamber Board member and chairman of business/community development
• Will County CED/CCP marketing committee
• Baseball Advisory Committee
• Joliet Sports Hall of Fame
• Sports Illinois Past Chairman
• OMA Rules Training via Ill. AG Office
• IEMA certified PIO
• City of Joliet EMA team member
Benson describes himself as a dynamic individual with career-minded goals and more than 16 years combined experience in community marketing and municipal government.
“I am ready for the challenges of planning and executing a cohesive management effort in government for Clinton, Iowa,” he wrote in his application. “My understanding of budgeting and cost control measures along with my experience in the supervision of executive, professional and technical staff will offer guidance and service to the city for many years to come.”
Benson is familiar with Clinton because he had a college friend who lived here and had visited many times. He is impressed with the city’s quality-of-life offerings.
“On a professional view, the city appears prepared for continued growth over the next decade with the technology hub and businesses along with the good educational platforms,” he wrote. “It would be a rewarding experience to enter the community and share my experiences and assist in guiding the vision of the mayor and council into a continued organization platform for success.”