St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has tapped Joann Leykum to be the next Director of Administration for St. Charles County.
Current Director of Administration, Chuck Gross, announced his plans to resign in January and become Executive Director of Duckett Creek Sanitary District. Current director of the district Tom Engle plans to retire Dec. 31.
Gross, 54, is a former state legislator whose expertise was a valuable contribution to St. Charles County, said Ehlmann in a press release.
“While I thoroughly enjoyed county government, any time you are asked to assume the leadership of an already successful organization, it’s a challenge you have to look at, “ said Gross.
Leykam has worked as St. Charles County Counselor for the past 18 years, following serving time as a director in the Missouri Department of Mental Health and as Assistant Attorney General. She's also served as interim director of administration before Gross took the position in 2007.
“The years she has served as County Counselor allowed her to observe firsthand the inner workings of all county departments," Ehlmann said in the release. "All of the Department Heads that report to the Director of Administration have the utmost respect for her leadership capabilities.”
Greg Dohrman, Associate County Counselor, will serve as the Acting County Counselor.