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City Administrator


Centralia uses the Mayor/Board/Administrator structure of government as set forth in the Missouri State Statues for Fourth Class Cities. The City Administrator is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. He or she has general superintending control of the administration and management of the government business, officers and employees of the City, subject to the direction and supervision of the Mayor. The City Administrator provides research and staff support for the Board of Aldermen, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and several other boards, commissions, and committees.

The City Administrator hires and supervises all city employees, except for those in the Police and Fire Departments and the appointive positions of City Attorney, City Clerk, and City Treasurer. He or she formulates and administers most of the day-to-day rules and procedures for City operations and is directly responsible for creation and implementation of the annual City Budget. The City Administrator oversees purchasing, contacting, and personnel administration. By City Code, the Administrator may function as the City Planner, City Building Inspector, City Engineer, City Traffic Engineer, Financial Secretary of the Water and Light Departments, and in numerous other roles. In practice, some of these duties are delegated or contracted to other agencies.

The City Administrator frequently represents the City at meetings of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development, Inc., the Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Mid-Missouri Purchasing Cooperative, the Missouri Public Utilities Alliance, and the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission.

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Heather Russell has been Centralia's City Administrator since June 28, 2018. Before she was hired as City Administrator, Heather served Centralia in the offices of City Clerk, City Collector, and Deputy City Clerk for 13+ years. Heather received a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia College in Columbia, MO in 2011 and has many years experience working in City government. Heather and her family relocated to Centralia from south central Missouri in 2004. She and her husband, Ryan, have five children (four in the Centralia school district and one graduated from Centralia High School) and a son-in-law.



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