Swansea gets a new village administrator

News-DemocratOctober 30, 2013 

The village of Swansea has a new village administrator.

Lisa Powers-Severson was appointed to the position by Swansea mayor Ken Mueller during a special trustee meeting Wednesday night. Five of the six trustees voted to approve the appointment of Powers-Severson. Trustee Katherine Ruocco was absent.

The village has been without a permanent administrator since the former village administrator, John Openlander, resigned to take a city administrator position in another state in November 2012.

Craig Coughlin has served as interim village administrator since Openlander's resignation.

Powers-Severson, 50, lives in Edwardsville and recently earned a master's degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She will earn $68,000 annually in the position.

She starts Monday.

Her most recent position was in Troy where she was an intern to the city administrator and served as the economic development coordinator.

"I am very excited to be here and very much looking forward to working with the mayor and the staff and the community," she said. "This is a great community and I'm excited to get to know the citizens."

Powers-Severson said her first plan is to sit down with the village staff to talk to them and learn what needs to be done, then, look at major to-do lists for the village and plan ways to accomplish those lists.

Contact reporter Jennifer A. Schaaf at jschaaf@bnd.com or 618-239-2667.

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