Aldermen adopt ordinance hiring new city administrator

Staff Report

An ordinance outlining the compensation and terms of employment for Crestwood’s new city administrator was approved last week by the Board of Aldermen.

Aldermen voted 7-0 to adopt the ordinance formally hiring Petree Eastman as city administrator. Ward 2 Alderman Chris Pickel was absent from the Oct. 11 meeting.

Eastman, a consultant for the St. Louis Area Municipal League, is Crestwood’s first female city administrator. She served as University City’s assistant city manager from April 2007 until June 2010.

As city administrator, Eastman will be paid $98,000 annually. The approved measure, effective Oct. 17, waives the city’s residency requirement for Eastman, who lives in University City.

Eastman emerged as the top candidate for the job out of 30 to 40 total applicants and succeeds Jim Eckrich in the post.

Eckrich earlier this year requested to become director of public services, a position he held before becoming city administrator. He has been serving as both public services director and acting city administrator since the board approved his request.

After the board approved the ordinance, Mayor Jeff Schlink welcomed Eastman and thanked Eckrich for his service.

“… We’d like to thank Mr. Eckrich for his service as city administrator. And thankfully, we’ll still be able to take advantage of his services as our director of public works … So thank you, Jim, for everything you did for us,” Schlink said.