Cindy Robbins has been promoted to a new job, Nixa Assistant City Administrator in a full-time capacity.
A promotion eliminates a slash in Robbins' job title. She previously served as a part-time city administrator and as the city clerk. She will take on more duties in administration, which means the search is on for someone to take on the clerk's role.
According to Nixa’s home rule charter, the position of city clerk is appointed by the city council, but the clerk reports to the city administrator for day-to-day operations. Robbins became city clerk in 2014. She was hired by the city in January 1989 as deputy city clerk and has served the community longer than any other municipal employee currently on staff.
“I am excited to announce the promotion of Cindy Robbins to full-time assistant city administrator,” Nixa City Administrator Jimmy Liles said. “Cindy has a depth of knowledge and experience which is very valuable to the city. This promotion allows her skills to be applied to special projects while strengthening our organizational structure."
The promotion, Liles said, means change is afoot in the makeup of the staff at Nixa City Hall, but the move was planned to accommodate a growing population with growing needs. According to the U.S. Census, Nixa's population grew from 19,022 in 2010 to 23,257 in 2020--a growth of 22 percent over 10 years.
"By creating the city’s first full-time assistant city administrator position, we are acknowledging the incredible growth of our community and organization, much of which Cindy has witnessed during her tenure," Liles said. "This prepares our organization for further growth and a faster pace required as we seek to set a standard for what high-performance local government can look like.”
Robbins will continue to serve in the capacity of city clerk until the Nixa City Council appoints a new city clerk and that person is fully trained to take over the duties.
Robbins is the city staff's facilitator for Nixa's exploration into its own diversity, L.E.A.D. Nixa. L.E.A.D. stands for listen, encourage, advocate and demonstrate, and is part of a strategic planning project, Imagine Nixa. Part of Nixa's five-year strategic plan calls for the city to foster “hometown spirit” by embracing diversity in the community, promoting inclusion and equity, and hosting events which bring the community together in unity and neighborliness.
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