City Administrator, City of Batavia, Illinois
I have happily lived and raised a family in Batavia since 1978. After serving as the City Attorney for 10 years, I left the practice of law to become the City Administrator here in 2000, a happy decision for me, working close to home, and for my family, friends and community. That position has allowed me the ability to help the Council, staff and residents strengthen the quality of life, particularly in the areas of downtown redevelopment and the arts, as well as to come into contact with such a diverse group of people. I have also picked up metal sculpture as a passion, one which I hope to invest more time in after I retire in August of 2016. I intend to remain in Batavia, close to most of my grandchildren and with good access to my out of town family members.
What Sculpture Gives to Me, What I Hope Sculpture Can Give to Everyone
BY BILL MCGRATH
@ VOL 3
ON MAY 12, 2016
Contemplating retirement after successive careers as an attorney then city administrator in his hometown of Batavia, Illinois, Bill McGrath has begun pursuing his love for art, specifically working in metal sculpture. Sculpture, like any artistic endeavor, presents the opportunity to express oneself to others, but also requires some emotional distance to remain true to one’s visions. He also shows how public art, sculpture in particular, can add to a community’s sense of place by speaking to values, history, and universal experiences, such as fear.