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Ferguson turns to experience for new city manager

Nov 18, 2015

The new Ferguson city manager is a familiar face at city hall. De'Carlon Seewood is returning to the community after serving in a similar position in a Chicago suburb.

De'Carlon Seewood.
Credit City of Ferguson

He was Ferguson's assistant city manager from 2001 to 2007. Seewood has also served as city manager in Berkeley.

He was hired by the Ferguson City Council from a pool of 40 candidates and essentially replaces John Shaw, who resigned after a federal report was highly critical of the city’s police and municipal court.

In a statement from the city, Seewood says he wants to bridge the gap for everyone who wants Ferguson to succeed.

Ferguson officials say his salary will be $110,000.

When he worked in Ferguson before, that city's statement said, Seewood helped to create a redevelopment plan for downtown, establishing a street-scape plan and assisting with the development of a farmers market.