Mayor Bill Hennessy and the O’Fallon City Council approved the appointment of Bonnie Therrien as O’Fallon’s new City Administrator tonight during a special session of the O’Fallon City Council. The appointment of Therrien concludes a national search that began in May of this year.
Therrien comes to O’Fallon from Connecticut, where she served in numerous roles in city management, most recently as the Interim Town Manager for North Branford, CT. She brings nearly 30 years of experience in city management to O’Fallon, having worked as a town manager and assistant town manager for cities ranging in population from 9,500 to more than 150,000. Therrien was selected after a lengthy interview process that included candidates from throughout the country. The process was led by Mayor Bill Hennessy and a committee made up of staff and elected officials who volunteered their time to conduct the search.
“We went into this process hoping to find a candidate with significant experience but also someone with fresh ideas who could really make an impact on the direction of our City,” said Hennessy. “It was clear, as this process went on, that Bonnie was exactly that person. She impressed our entire committee with her honesty, integrity and her vast and varied experience.
“I am grateful to the men and women who assisted in this search and ensured that we looked at every aspect of the candidates’ careers. We spent countless hours reviewing the candidates’ credentials and discussing the results, and I truly believe that we have selected the best person for this job.”
The position in O’Fallon brings Therrien to the Midwest for the first time in her career. Therrien said the opportunity to lead O’Fallon was too exciting to pass up.
“I am very much looking forward to moving to O’Fallon and working with the Mayor and City Council to lead our City for the betterment of our citizens, businesses and taxpayers,” said Therrien. “The City Administrator’s position greatly appealed to me because of the forward-thinking attitude of the Mayor and City Council, the high caliber of the department heads and staff, and the enthusiasm of the residents and businesses in O’Fallon.
“I also would like to thank the Mayor and City Council for allowing me to meet with staff members, see the community and interact with some of the residents and businesses as I considered this step in my career. I know they were anxious to move this process along, but having the time to do my due diligence allowed me the opportunity to be sure this was the right fit. Everyone I met was so positive about this community and made me feel right at home, so I soon realized that O’Fallon was where I wanted to be. My husband Tom and I look forward to becoming an integral part of this community!”
Therrien has a Master of Science in Public Administration, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, all from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She will officially begin her tenure with O’Fallon on August 5, 2013.