After serving as Swansea village administrator for two years, Lisa Powers said Wednesday she has accepted a job to serve as an administrator for a city in the Chicago suburbs.
Powers, 52, declined to identify the town. Her last day with Swansea will be Friday.
She said she was not actively looking for a new job. “I didn’t seek this position, it kind of came to me,” she said.
Powers also said she was the victim of an aggravated assault, car jacking and armed robbery outside her home in Edwardsville on Aug. 10 and this experience “played a huge part” in deciding to take the new position.
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“I’ve lived all my life in this area,” Powers said. “I had no intention of moving away; it was just an opportunity in a point in my life where making a change is what I need to do.”
If it hadn’t been for my neighbors, I’d probably be dead.
Lisa Powers, outgoing village administrator in Swansea
Three Missouri teenagers were arrested shortly after the attack. Her neighbor saw what was happening to Powers and fired a gun in an attempt to help her, police said.
“If it hadn’t been for my neighbors, I’d probably be dead,” Powers said.
Powers suffered a concussion and lacerations on her head.
Swansea Mayor Ken Mueller said Powers gave her notice of resignation on Tuesday and that a search for a replacement has not yet started. He declined to comment on Powers’ tenure.
Powers said she was “very grateful” for her time in Swansea and that she is “very proud of the staff.”
In discussing her accomplishments in Swansea, she included the hiring of Steve Johnson as police chief in July. He previously was a captain with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.
“Steve Johnson just brought a different level of professionalism to the police department,” Powers said.
She also touted the following: the codification of ordinances, updated computers, a new phone system, an economic development plan and an updated handbook with job descriptions.
Powers called her tenure as accomplishing a “lot in a very, very short period of time.”
Powers was hired by Swansea in October 2013 and her annual salary is now $69,490. Before taking the Swansea position, she was an intern to the Troy city administrator and served as the economic development coordinator.