It's Official: Normal has a New City Manager

 Former Deputy City Manager Pamela Reece attended her first Town Council meeting as City Manager Monday night. Reece succeeds Mark Peterson, who formally retired March 30. (Image credit: Breanna Grow)

Former Deputy City Manager Pamela Reece attended her first Town Council meeting as City Manager Monday night. Reece succeeds Mark Peterson, who formally retired March 30. (Image credit: Breanna Grow)

Monday night’s Council meeting marked the end of Normal City Manager Pamela Reece’s first day in her new role.

Council members welcomed Reece to the spot adjacent to Mayor Chris Koos, replacing Former City Manager Mark Peterson who retired March 30. Council members unanimously selected Reece as his successor in January.

Reece said so far it’s been a relatively smooth transition. As a 27-year member of the Town of Normal's administration, she’s right at home working with Town staff at all levels to tackle projects on the horizon.

It’s her new role as the face of Town administration that might take some getting used to.

“When I held the role as Deputy City Manager, it was in support of the City Manager, and most of my daily duties were pretty much within the organization--working with departments at all levels. As City Manager it’s much more outward facing,” she explained.

As for the position she left behind, Reece said that title was actually created eight years ago when she added Human Resources Director to her role as Assistant City Manager.

“Moving forward, what I’ve decided to do is make a promotion in our Human Resources department and recreate the Human Resources Director position. That position is now independent, and as such, that just leaves the duties of Assistant City Manager to be filled.”

Normal Information Technology Director Teri Legner is serving as Interim Assistant City Manager until the Town can fill the role with a permanent hire.

Breanna Grow