Dennis Knobloch currently serves as Monroe County, Illinois Commissioner (Vice-Chair of the Board) and as Administrator for the Village of Valmeyer. He was elected to serve as the Mayor of Valmeyer, Illinois for two terms from 1989-1995. Following the village’s almost total devastation from the flooding of the Mississippi River in 1993, he helped guide the community through a recovery effort that included a buyout of the flood-damaged properties and a relocation of the entire village to higher ground. Valmeyer’s new home is on a blufftop adjacent to the former village and 400 feet higher in elevation than the original location. In his role with the village he worked with numerous local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials at all levels to make Valmeyer’s relocation one of the most successful ever attempted. In 1996, he was recognized by President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development for his work on Valmeyer’s relocation effort. He continues to work with other disaster-affected communities to help them with problems they encounter when trying to rebound from their tragedies.