Janet Watson has resigned as University City's Deputy City Manager to take a position with the City of Clayton.
Watson has been appointed Clayton's new Director of Finance and Administration effective November 21, according to a news release from Clayton. She will succeed former Finance Director Don Yucuis.
"I wish her all the best in her new position," University City City Manager Lehman Walker told University City Patch.
Councilmember Terry Crow called the news of Watson's departure, "Very sad."
"This is a tremendous loss for our city, and I'm very sad she’s leaving," Crow told University City Patch. He added that Watson is a tremendous resource and that, "no one at City Hall has command of our budget, our finances and our cash flows like Janet Watson has."
In her new role, Watson will oversee Clayton's finances and give direction for its technology and human resources departments.
“I am excited to bring my experience to the management team of Clayton and look forward to serving this unique community,” Watson stated in the news release.
Watson has served as deputy city manager for University City for five years. She served for 11 years as assistant city manager and director of finance and administration in Webster Groves.
“Janet’s extensive background in budget preparation and expertise in directing finances and operations will ensure that Clayton maintains its strong foundation of sound financial management,” Clayton City Manager Craig Owens stated in the news release.