An urban planner and community developer from St. Louis is the new city manager in East St. Louis.
Daffney Moore will direct the day-to-day activities of the city. She replaces Courtney Logan.
Moore will begin her job on Sept. 1, according to Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks. Her salary was not immediately available. Neither Jackson-Hicks nor Logan would say why Logan left the city.
Jackson-Hicks described Moore as a “thought leader — someone who thinks about the region as a whole and how we work to get to rebuilding the region.”
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“I am humbled and honored to be the city manager of East. St. Louis,” Moore said. “My main goals are to provide quality services, encourage community involvement and bring economic development to the city. It is long overdue for the city of East St. Louis to be redeveloped and I plan to move forward with rebuilding this great city.”
Logan’s last day on the job is Aug. 31. Logan, who was hired in April 2016 is leaving the city “ to go to work for a national law enforcement and military technology company as general counsel and vice president of government operations,” Jackson-Hicks said. “I am proud of the trust relationships we’ve built and the trust we’ve re-established in our local government.”
Logan said his tenure with the city “has been an absolute honor for me to serve the citizens of my hometown for the past year.” He said his service as city manager was “a tremendous growing experience.”
Former council member Latoya Greenwood, who is now the State Representative for the 114th district, said Logan “ provided stability and direction for our city.”
“He is an example to our young people that you can achieve, excel and return home to assist in creating a better community,” Greenwood said.
The City Council also unanimously voted to approve the appointment of Charles Powell III to the seat vacated by newly elected State Rep. LaToya Greenwood. Powell is the son of longtime city Democratic Party boss Charles Powell.
Moore, 43, worked most recently as the city administrator for the city of Dellwood, Missouri. Dellwood is located next to Ferguson, Missouri, where riots broke out in 2014, following the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer.
Moore also has worked in government for more than 20 years as economic development director for the city of Berkeley, Missouri, and as an urban planner for the city of St. Louis. She graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and a masters of arts degree from Jackson State University in Urban and Regional Planning.
Moore, who now lives in St. Louis, was born and raised in East St. Louis. She said she has always kept in the back of her mind the thought that she wanted to do something to help the city where she grew up.
“It’s always been my goal to help East St. Louis to build.”
Speaking about the hiring of Moore and appointment of Powell, Jackson-Hicks said, “The council is unified and ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead for our city. Our goal is to make the city more vibrant to attract mixed-use development to East St. Louis.”
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