A longtime official will leave in April to take a position as the city of O'Fallon's new assistant city administrator, the city of O'Fallon announced last week in a news release.
Deputy City Manager Lenore Toser-Aldaz will leave Clayton effective April 14 and is expected to start her position with O'Fallon on April 25.
She began working in Clayton in February 2000 as assistant city manager, having previously worked in Johnson County, KS, the release states. She became deputy city manager six years later.
Her roles have included managing the departments of human resources and communications; helping with administration of departments including public safety, parks and planning; and working on budgeting and economic development projects.
“We had a tremendous pool of interested candidates for this position, which is a testament to how desirable this city is as a place to live and work,” said Keith Riesberg, City Administrator for O’Fallon, in a news release.
Riesberg added that it was clear to the hiring committee that Toser-Aldaz was the best candidate for this position not only because of her experience, but her leadership and the new perspective she will bring to the city.
Toser-Aldaz stated in the release that the move was not an easy decision.
“It is difficult to leave Clayton, and I am thankful to all the wonderful people at the city who made this past decade so great for me and my family," she said in the release, "But I know this is the right opportunity, and I am extremely fortunate to be coming to the City of O’Fallon to work with such a dedicated and experienced team of employees.”
O'Fallon's assistant city administrator position has been open since last summer when former assistant city administrator Greg Smothers was re-assigned to city auditor.
City Manager Craig Owens of Clayton stated that while Toser-Aldaz will be missed, the O'Fallon role will present career opportunities.
“Though this is a huge hole, the systems, processes and quality of the work she leaves behind actually make the transition much less disruptive than it might have been," Owens stated.