Columbia Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine to retire

3 years 1 week 14 hours ago Thursday, May 12 2016 May 12, 2016 Thursday, May 12, 2016 10:06:00 PM CDT May 12, 2016 in News
By: Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA — Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine announced that after 32 years of working for the city, he plans to retire on Dec. 14.

He has worked in the city manager's office for 10 years.

"I will certainly miss serving in my current role as I enjoy interacting with the public, our professional City staff and helping to facilitate the many projects and policy initiatives we have implemented over the years," St. Romaine said in a statement he sent to KOMU 8 News.

Until his retirement, he said he plans to continue working with City Manager Mike Matthes and Columbia City Council.

"We certainly have many challenges to overcome in the near future mostly stemming from the growth we have been experiencing countered by diminishing resources necessary to adequately fund vital areas of our City," St. Romaine said. "I look forward to continuing to assist the City Manager and Council in developing sustainable plans to remedy this situation for the rest of this year."

St. Romaine started his career with the city in 1984 as a procurement officer. While working there, St. Romaine enrolled at the University of Missouri Extension's Law Enforcement Training Institute. He graduated in 1987 as a certified police officer.

He became commissioned as a reserve police officer for the Columbia Police Department while still working in his procurement position.

"While I enjoyed the challenges of police work, I returned to college and obtained my masters degree in public administration from UMC which has served me well over the past 10 years in the city manager's office," St. Romaine said.

After retiring from his position as deputy city manager, St. Romaine said he will work with his wife, Sherri, who started a real estate career earlier this year.

"My goal is to concentrate on the commercial and investment property side of the business," he said.

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