Jefferson City council members voted Tuesday night to hire a new city administrator.
Steven S. Crowell comes from a similar job in St. Mary's, Georgia.
The vote from the closed session was announced just after 8:30 Tuesday night. Crowell starts work March 10th.
In a news release, the city says Crowell has 30 years of experience in various aspects of municipal management, and puts a strong emphasis on customer service and citizen engagement in governance.
Mayor Eric Struemph said, "I want to thank the Selection Committee for giving their time to this process. We have found a true professional in Steven Crowell and we welcome him to Jefferson City. Steve has the education and experience we are looking for to lead our city staff. He is a credentialed city manager from the International City Manager Association which is an amazing achievement that demonstrates his commitment to his profession. We will be asking a lot of him but I am certain he is up to the challenge. I would also like to thank Drew Hilpert for serving as Interim City Administrator as we conducted our search."
City Attorney Drew W. Hilpert, who has been acting as the Interim City Administrator said "The City Staff is very excited to have someone of Steve's caliber to be our new City Administrator. We look forward to working with him and believe the Council made an excellent choice with this selection."
Recruitment to fill the position started in September of 2013 and a nationwide search produced 67 applications. The Selection Committee, made up of members of the community and appointed by Mayor Struemph, interviewed candidates and unanimously chose Mr. Crowell.
Pursuant to the City Charter, the Mayor nominated and appointed the City Administrator with the advice and consent of a majority of the council.