Pamela Reece to Succeed Normal City Manager Mark Peterson

 Pamela Reece will be the next Town of Normal City Manager, Normal Mayor Chris Koos announced at a press conference Tuesday morning. Reece will succeed Mark Peterson, who will retire at the end of March. (Image Credit: Breanna Grow)

Pamela Reece will be the next Town of Normal City Manager, Normal Mayor Chris Koos announced at a press conference Tuesday morning. Reece will succeed Mark Peterson, who will retire at the end of March. (Image Credit: Breanna Grow)

Normal Mayor Chris Koos announced Deputy City Manager Pamela Reece will be the next Town of Normal City Manager.

Reece will succeed Mark Peterson, who is set to retire at the end of March.

Koos said the Town Council unanimously chose Reece from among 49 applicants for the position in a closed executive session last week.

Reece will be the Town’s third city manager in 50 years, “a very unusual scenario in today’s world,” said Koos. “That really says something...the Town of Normal is a special place.”

Reece said this hire is the “pinnacle” of her 27-year career with the Town. Reece joined the Town in 1991 after she completed her Master of Public Administration at Western Michigan University. She was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager in 1994, then to Assistant City Manager in 1998. Reece has served as Deputy City Manager since 2010.

“There are challenges on the horizon,” Reece said of the responsibilities she’ll assume as City Manager, including working within what’s been described as a “lean” operating budget for the Town.

“We have a great plan,” said Reece, quoting Former Normal Mayor Kent Karraker: “We plan our work and we work our plan.”

“With that strategy we will continue to move forward,” she said.

Reece said while she anticipates her management style will differ from Peterson’s, “the outcome is the same and the fundamental approach is similar: treating folks with respect and dignity.... We want to exceed expectations and achieve results, and to do that we have to work as a team.”

“The Town is very lucky to have somebody like her,” said Peterson, highlighting Reece’s institutional knowledge as an asset in the position. “When it comes to internal stuff, I go to her... She’s very bright and extremely well-organized.”

Peterson said he will serve the Town in an advisory role for the next six weeks. “My job is to do what [Reece] wants me to do to help her with the transition, to make sure that when I do walk out, there’s absolutely nothing left hanging.”

Reece currently serves on the United Way of McLean County Board of Directors and the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors. She lives in Normal with her husband Jay; they have two children attending college.