Mayor Nan Johnston announced the resignation of Lauren Palmer, effective November 4, 2016. Palmer was hired as city administrator for the City of Parkville on June 3, 2013. In that capacity she oversees day-to-day operations for city services including police, community development, sanitary sewer, streets, parks, and internal services. Under her leadership and financial management, Parkville received a credit rating upgrade from Standards and Poor’s from AA- to AA. Other accomplishments during her time of service include the addition of Platte Landing Park to the parks system, completion of the Route 9 Corridor Study, downtown beautification improvements to Route 9, and numerous internal improvements to city processes and technology.
Palmer is resigning to accept the position of assistant city manager of Independence, Missouri. She explained her resignation by stating, “I love working in Parkville and was not actively looking for a new position. However, when I was recruited to apply I realized the opportunity in Independence is aligned with my personal and professional career goals. I am excited for a new challenge in a larger community with a rich heritage and bright future. However, it is bittersweet to leave a city as special as Parkville. I am grateful for the confidence entrusted in me and for my time of service to the community. I know Parkville will continue to achieve great success with strong support from the staff, elected officials, and community partners.”
Mayor Nan Johnston stated, “Parkville is fortunate to have had Lauren as our City Administrator for the past three and a half years. She has made numerous contributions in the operation of the City during her tenure. Lauren will be missed by those of us who work with her and by many in the community; however, we wish her much success in her new position in Independence.”
The City is currently working on a transition strategy and will make a future announcement about recruitment to fill the vacancy.