Roeland Park hires new city administration staffer

Jennifer Jones-Lacy will begin her new job with the city of Roeland Park Oct. 6.
Jennifer Jones-Lacy will begin her new job with the city of Roeland Park Oct. 6.

Roeland Park administrators on Monday announced they had hired a replacement for departed City Clerk and Director of Finance Debbie Mootz, who left the city in August after 17 years of service.

Jennifer Jones-Lacy will be assuming the vacancy left by Mootz in early October, though she’ll have a different title and a slightly different slate of duties. As assistant city administrator, Jones-Lacy will oversee the city’s financial and economic development operations.

City Administrator Aaron Otto said Jones-Lacy’s breadth of experiences in roles with Kansas City, Mo., and Tonganoxie, where she is currently Assistant City Administrator, made her an excellent fit for Roeland Park’s needs.

“We had three finalists who were all excellent in their own ways,” Otto said. “But [Jones-Lacy’s] experience — being a jack-of-all-trades — and the recommendation of her current employer which was impeccable made this an easy choice.”

Jones-Lacy is a graduate of the University of Missouri.