FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The city of Ferguson is taking a big step in mapping out the city’s future. Monday night the community was invited to meet three finalists vying for the position of Ferguson city manager. The position is arguably the most powerful job in the city.
Mayor James Knowles says citizens, businesses and city employees are anxious to move forward.
“They want to know that there’s somebody here, that there’s stability going forward,” said Knowles
Knowles and other city leader say the city has gone to great lengths engage the community in the process of selecting the city’s next leader.
“We’ve had citizen panels. We’ve had community panels. We’ve had business leader panels to get our citizens involved in the process,” said council member Wesley Bell.
If the council can find consensus on a candidate, the next step would be to offer the candidate a contract. Here is an outline of each of the three finalists.
Sara Imhulse - Ms. Imhulse has 15 years of experience in local government and currently serves as the Town Administrator for the Town of Riverdale Park, Maryland, a position she’s held since 2009. Prior to her position in Riverdale, Sara worked as an Assistant to the City Manager for College Park, Maryland for four years and before that she served as an Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Milford, Ohio. Ms. Imhulse has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from DePauw University and a Master of Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University.
Michael Rogers - Mr. Rogers has 24 years of experience in local government and currently serves as the Director of Public Works for the City of Peoria, Illinois, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to his position in Peoria, Mr. Rogers served as the Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of San Antonio, Texas for and as the Director of Public Works for Wayne County, Michigan. He was President of 5 Star Engineering in Detroit for 5 years and also worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, the Road Commission for Oakland County, Michigan and the Michigan Department of Transportation. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.
De’Carlon Seewood - Mr. Seewood has 14 years of experience in local government and currently serves as the Village Manager for Richton Park, Illinois, a position he has held since 2009. Prior to his position in Richton Park, Mr. Seewood was the City Manager for Berkeley, Missouri. Prior to that, Mr. Seewood was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Ferguson, Missouri from 2001- 2007. During his tenure with Ferguson he also served as the Interim Finance Director, Interim Director of Planning and Development and the Interim Neighborhood Improvement Manager. Mr. Seewood has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rockhurst College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri.