Mayor Jamie Mayo named three new department heads for the City of Monroe this morning. Mayo named Stacey Rowell, CPA as the Director of Administration, Curtis Heard as Assistant Director of Administration, and Robert Johnson as the Director of Community Affairs.
Rowell has served as the city’s Director of Accounting since 2005 and has served an additional role as Assistant Director of Administration. She is a certified public accountant and was the chief accountant for Monroe City Schools from 2001-2005. As the Director of Administration, she will oversee Human Resources, MIS-Date Processing, Tax & Revenue, Utilities, Purchasing and Accounting.
Heard began working for the city during the Pierce Administration in 1996. His previous positions include Cost Analysis, Purchasing Division Office Manager, and he has held the role of Budget Officer since 2004. Throughout his time as Budget Officer, he has also had a dual role as Assistant Director of Administration.
Johnson is the former principal of Carroll High School and Barkdull Faulk Elementary. A few weeks ago, he was named Interim Transportation Director for the Monroe City Schools District. However, he has taken the job as City Director of Community Affairs instead. Johnson, who has spent the last 30 years as an educator, is the third school principal to hold the Director of Community Affairs position after Andy Jackson (Wossman High School) and John Ross (Berg Jones Lane Elementary). Johnson will oversee one of the largest divisions in the city including: Monroe Civic Center, Masur Museum of Art, Parks & Recreation, Chennault and MUNY Golf Courses, Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, and Downtown Rivermarket.
At the July 25, 2017 city council meeting, Rowell and Johnson will have to be confirmed by the Monroe City Council. Mayo said that all three bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their positions.
“Each of these individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to their new positions. I am excited to see what new creative and innovative methods they will use to make their areas more efficient and productive,” Mayo said.