Today, the Ferguson City Council thanked Ed Beasley for his hard work and dedication during the past five-months he worked as Interim City Manager. Beasley was appointed by the Council on June 10, 2015 through a contracted agreement with Interim Solutions, LLC, a municipal government staffing agency. “When Mr. Beasley was appointed there was a lot of instability,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “There were several staffing changes and we needed someone with his experience to calm the waters and for that we are very grateful.”
Beasley previously worked as City Manager for Glendale, Arizona where he was responsible for managing an annual budget of about $1.1 billion and a staff of over 2,000 full-time and temporary employees.
“The time that I have spent in Ferguson has been rewarding,” said Beasley. “I appreciate working with the Ferguson staff and Council and I believe that the City is headed in the right direction.”
Beasley noted the following accomplishments during his tenure as Interim City Manager: ? Hired Interim Police Chief Andre Anderson to head the Ferguson Police Department. ? Hired Human Resources Manager; Patrick Young.
? Reorganized the Ferguson administrative staff to establish efficiencies in coverage and create training opportunities. ? Developed and strategized a partnership to assist with the Department of Justice Report.
? Directed Police Department training and identified initial gaps in the training module using current command staff and human resources director. This new information will be used to assist the permanent incoming chief and support staff.
? Created open dialogue with external community stakeholders and partnerships that will benefit the city in the future.
“The City of Ferguson appreciates Mr. Beasley’s focus on organizational building which helped guide the city through a very tumultuous time. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Ferguson City Council Member Wesley Bell.
The Ferguson City Council named De’Carlon Seewood as permanent City Manager on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Beasley’s last day of employment is Friday, November 20.