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City Manager Press Release

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2017


East St. Louis Names Regional Thought Leader to City Manager Position

East St. Louis has named one of the most experienced and respected urban planners and community development professionals in the region to lead the city in their redevelopment efforts.

Daffney Moore, an East St. Louis native, most recently served as the City Administrator for the City of Dellwood. She has two decades of experience in revitalizing areas that address problems dealing with urban growth, revitalization, housing and commercial development to address social and economic issues in minority communities. Ms. Moore will replace Courtney Logan as city manager.

“It has been a true honor to work with Mr. Logan,” said Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks. “He has done a lot to move our community forward and we are grateful for his service to the City of East St. Louis and wish him well in his new endeavors.”

Ms. Moore has worked in government for over 20 years, serving as Economic Development Director for the City of Berkeley and Urban Planner with the City of St. Louis. She is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communications and a Master of Arts from Jackson State University in Urban & Regional Planning.

Ms. Moore led the ongoing recovery efforts after the Ferguson, Missouri civil unrest and achieved great success in less than a year in rebuilding the City of Dellwood. Some of her many accomplishments in the City of Dellwood include: Revitalizing the corner of West Florissant & Chambers; awarded $332,753 grant for the Dellwood Recreation Center roof replacement and pool renovations and successfully worked to pass a $7 million bond with an AA rating to repave all city streets and renovate city hall.

As urban planner in St. Louis, Ms. Moore helped to bring two major mixed-use, mixed-income development projects to realization in St. Louis; Arlington Grove and North Sarah. Other major projects she worked on with the City of St. Louis are the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities, Delmar Loop and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard redevelopment.

“We are happy to bring Daffney on as our new city manager. She has a wealth of knowledge, relevant experience and leadership skills that will be beneficial in helping the City of East St. Louis move in a service-oriented and transformative direction,” said Mayor Jackson-Hicks.

Ms. Moore is currently working with the City of East St. Louis as a consultant, focusing on economic development projects. In 2015 she completed the Lansdowne Strategic Plan for the Lansdowne Community Initiative in the City of East St. Louis.

She is an active leader through her civic commitment, advocacy, leadership and dedication to improving the quality of life for underserved communities throughout the St. Louis Region. She gives back to the community through her involvement with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, American Planning Association, Crisis Nursery Advisory Board, Community Forward Inc., Urban League, Myrtle Hilliard Community Advisory Board, Murray State University Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Consortium for Leadership Development, and New Life Community Church.

“I am humbled and honored to be the City Manager of East St. Louis. My main goals are to provide quality services, encourage community involvement and bring economic development to the city. It is long overdue for the City of East St. Louis to be redeveloped and I plan to move forward with rebuilding this great city,” said Moore.

Mayor Jackson-Hicks also appointed Charlie Powell Jr. to serve the remaining term of Councilwoman Latoya Greenwood. “The council is unified and ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead for the city. Our goal is to make the city more vibrant to attract mixed-use development to East St. Louis,” Jackson-Hicks said.