Strahl Approved as New O’Fallon City Administrator in 6 to 3 Vote

David Strahl

The O’Fallon City Council approved the hiring of David Stahl as city administrator at their regular meeting on September 28.

Before the vote, Councilman Tom Herweck asked that Stahl’s contract be amended to include a set date for Strahl’s first performance evaluation in June 2018. That motion passed.

There was no further discussion about Strahl or the terms of the contract before the final vote was taken. Six councilmen voted to in favor of the contract. Councilmen Mike Pheney, Rick Lucas, and Jeff Schwentker voted against approval.

Strahl will receive an annual salary of $142,251.20, the use of a city vehicle, health insurance, paid time off, executive leave and management vacation, retirement, expenses, up to $9,000 in relocation expenses, and up to $6,000 in interim housing supplements. The contract also provides severance pay and benefits for six months should he leave.

“As we went through this process, we looked at some extremely talented applicants from throughout the country,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy in a city-issued press release. “We wanted a candidate who has proven experience in strategic planning, sound financial management, economic development and employee relations. Dave’s experience, knowledge and personality are an excellent fit for O’Fallon. Dave will be a tremendous asset to our residents and businesses as we move forward.”

Strahl said he was drawn to O’Fallon by the talented City staff and O’Fallon’s reputation as a great place to live and work. Strahl will assume his duties with the city on October 2. 

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  • Mike Yerion

    I wish him the best of luck. He does have a great staff and they can get things done. I just hope the three elected officials who voted against his hiring, do give him a chance and do not hinder his performance.