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Monday, September 12, 2016

by The Leon Journal-Reporter

Attention Leon citizens…the City of Leon Administrator position has been filled. In fact, we have a 1991 CD graduate back in town to take on the job. Denise (Palmer) Simmons is the new City of Leon Administrator, beginning next Monday, September 19. Let’s meet her.

Simmons grew up east of Leon but now resides just south of Murray. She is the mother of five and a grandmother to one. Simmons is a farm girl at heart and loves spending time with her barnyard critters.

Currently, Simmons is the City of Murray Administrator and has been for the past two years. In her time with the city of Murray, Simmons has accomplished the following: implemented a new financial and billing system, installed cellular read water meters, obtained funding for a $2.3 million Water Distribution project to start construction in spring of 2017 and obtained funding for a $880,000 Storm Sewer project which will also begin in the spring of ‘17.

Prior to becoming Murray’s City Administrator, Simmons’ resume included a 20 year Quality Engineer career and also held a financial aid role for 2 years.

Why the move on? Well…

” [It was a] difficult decision to leave my position in Murray due to having an outstanding staff, council, and mayor. There are so many great things taking place but [I] couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give back to my hometown,” stated Simmons.

Simmons is not just going to ease into her position, she is taking this opportunity by the reigns and jumping right in.

“[I am] excited to get to work and create new opportunities. In the next few weeks, I will be reviewing budgets, staffing, and [start on] project timelines to determine short/long term goals for the community,” Simmons shared.