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Clayton City Manager Announces Resignation

Publish Date:04/22/2019 2:50 PM

Craig Owens, City Manager for the City of Clayton, has announced his resignation to become the City Manager of Lawrence, Kansas.

“It is a fantastic opportunity and challenge that is just the right time for me and made more special because of the connection with the renowned Kansas University city management program where my professional journey began and is close to where I grew up and family,” said Owens. “My roots are in Kansas and the City of Lawrence is steeped in important history and is known for great people, institutions and culture.”

Owens leaves following nearly 11 years of service to the City. During his tenure, Owens oversaw the implementation of the 2010 Downtown Master Plan that laid the groundwork for the strongest development cycle in the City’s history amounting to nearly $2 billion in commercial construction, including Centene’s 2010 headquarters as well as the current $780 million expansion and several multifamily buildings in Clayton’s downtown. Additionally, he oversaw the renovation of the new police facility, which repurposed a historic building to a state-of-the-art LEED Platinum Public Safety facility.

“This is the type of new opportunity and challenge that suits Craig’s capabilities and passions, and I would like to thank him for his years of service to the City of Clayton,” said Mayor Harold Sanger. “He will be missed, but the impact he has made will endure for a long time, and we are grateful we had him for as long as we did.”

Throughout his service, Owens has led the organization to receive numerous budget and performance reporting awards through the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and International City/County Manager Association (ICMA) respectively. Owens has volunteered on numerous local, regional, and state committees including as the current Missouri City Manager Association (MCMA) President, former Board Member and Chair of Beyond Housing, and is also a Leadership St. Louis Graduate. Moreover, he was the recipient of the 2016 Jay T. Bell Professional Management Award by MCMA, the highest honor awarded to MCMA members to recognize a member’s outstanding commitment to the profession of local government management.

“Clayton is a special place not only because of the vibrant downtown, beautiful neighborhoods, historic institutions and nationally recognized schools,” said Owens, “as a resident and city manager, I understand the real prize is the amazing people that make up the community. Clayton is and will always be a proud part of my career, and the bonds our family has with this community will be everlasting. We are grateful.”

Owens will begin work in Lawrence on July 1st and will remain in his current role in Clayton through the end of May. Decisions surrounding the recruitment and filling of the city manager vacancy as well as the appointment of an interim city manager will be made in the coming weeks.

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