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Wentzville Eliminates Residency Requirement for City Administrator, Hires Gipson

David Gipson

At last week’s board of aldermen meeting, the board gave final approval to the appointment of David Gipson as city administrator and eliminated the requirement that the Wentzville city administrator live in Wentzville.

David Gipson

Gipson was hired as the city’s assistant city administrator in March 2015 and went on to serve as the acting city administrator after the retirement of Robert Bartolotta in February 2016. Previous to that, Gipson was the assistant city manager for Richmond Heights, and he also worked in several positions for the City of St. Charles.

During the same meeting, the board of aldermen gave final approval to an ordinance that eliminated the residency requirement for the city administrator. Alderman Cheryl Kross was the only nay vote on both the residency bill and on the ordinance approving Gipson’s contract.

When 70 West Sentinel contacted Kross, she said she supported Gipson and the board’s decision to hire him. Her votes were “strictly related to contract compensation,” Kross said.

“I look forward to working with David, he brings positive energy and the desire to make Wentzville a great place to live, work and play,” she said.

Wentzville joins St. Peters in not having a residency requirement for the city administrator. Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, and the City of St. Charles all require their city administrator (called director of administration in St. Charles) to live in the city.

Gipson currently lives in St. Peters, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

According to a city press release, the city administrator “is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the Board of Aldermen; overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government; appointing and supervising the heads of the various City departments; and serving as the chief administrative assistant to the Mayor. In this role, the City Administrator has superintending control of the administration and management of the government business, officers and employees of the City, subject to the direction and supervision of the Mayor.”

 

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