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Ferguson's interim city manager is stepping down

Pam Hylton
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Ferguson is back in the hunt for an interim city manager, after its current interim announced she is resigning to take a permanent job in Richmond Heights.

Pam Hylton has been the interim city manager sinceJohn Shaw resigned in March.  Shaw’s departure came just after a Justice Department report that was critical of city operations before and during the unrest following the Aug. 9 police shooting that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Hylton most recently had been Shaw’s assistant and had been with the Ferguson government for four years.

Hylton’s last day in Ferguson will be May 15. In her new job, she will be Richmond Heights’ assistant city manager.

“After much thought and discussion with my family, we determined this is the best decision for me at this time,’’ Hylton said in a statement. “…Ferguson is a great community and I am glad I was part of it.”

Her announcement comes just weeks after Ferguson voters elected three new members of the six-person city council.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles praised Hylton, and said in a statement that her departure was a surprise. “We appreciate her contributions and accomplishments during her tenure here in Ferguson," the mayor said.

“But I have no doubt that the dedicated employees of the city of Ferguson will continue to provide great service to our residents in an efficient manner.”

The city now plans to hire a firm that specializes in interim staffing for municipal governments. The aim is to hire an interim city manager and an interim assistant.

A separate firm is to be hired to conduct a nationwide search for a new city manager.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.