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Mark Perkins, City Administrator for the City of Creve Coeur, has announced his resignation to become Town Manager of Paradise Valley, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.
“The decision to leave Creve Coeur is a difficult one, but Paradise Valley represents a new challenge for me in another great community,” said Perkins. “It will also allow me to be close to family who live in Arizona and California, and my daughter and son-in-law will also soon be moving west to Colorado.”
Since Perkins’s arrival in 1999, the city acquired land for and created Millennium Park, completed aesthetic improvements to West Olive Boulevard and I-270 and Olive, formed the West Central Dispatch Center, and began construction of a new police station. The city also attained a Triple A bond rating, indicative of the city’s strong financial position.
“I have been truly blessed and honored to work with an outstanding staff, dedicated elected officials and engaged citizens for these many years in Creve Coeur,” said Perkins. “I have also been fortunate to collaborate with so many outstanding city administrators and other regional leaders throughout the St. Louis area.”
Perkins will begin work in Paradise Valley in January and will remain in his current role in Creve Coeur until then.
“I would like to thank Mark Perkins for his 19 years of service to the City of Creve Coeur. His proactive management style has contributed, immeasurably, to the stability and betterment of our community,” said Mayor Barry Glantz. “Mr. Perkins’s expertise and guidance will be greatly missed—and finding an equally qualified candidate to fill this highly specialized position is a task to which the City Council and I will devote our immediate time and attention.”
The City Council Task Force was formed to select an executive search firm to seek out applicants for the position. The task force has since reviewed applications, interviewed several executive search firms and made a final recommendation to City Council at the meeting on November 26. In the meantime, an interim city administrator will be appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of City Council, to temporarily fill the position.