• BREAKING: Gustafson leaves Centralia for Salem economic development office

    by  • April 9, 2013 • News

    According to Salem City Manager Bill Gruen, the City has hired Jeanne Gustafson to be the next Economic Development Director, filling a vacancy created by the termination of former Economic Development Director Tracey McDaneld.

    Jeanne Gustafson (LEFT) speaks with Murray Parents Association member Karen Kelly following a Murray Coalition meeting.

    Jeanne Gustafson (LEFT) speaks with Murray Parents Association member Karen Kelly following a Murray Coalition meeting.

    “I am pleased to announce that I have hired Jeanne Gustafson to be the next Economic Development Director for the City of Salem,” said Gruen. “Jeanne was selected among several highly qualified people interested in the position.”

    Currently the Economic Development Director for the City of Centralia, Gustafson has over 25 years worth of experience working in economic development and related professions.

    She has been the recipient of awards from local and statewide organizations, including Economic Developer of the Year, awarded by the Illinois Development Council.

    “She comes to Salem from the City of Centralia where she has been an effective economic development director,” commented Gruen. “Jeanne not only knows Southern Illinois, but she has many contacts throughout the State of Illinois. People who make their living making business deals happen and with whom I spoke about Jeanne gave me the highest recommendations.I have the utmost confidence in Jeanne to be an effective and productive Economic Development Director for Salem.”

    According to Gruen, Gustafson will be brought on with the City of Salem earning approximately $79,600, the same amount of pay that she received while working for the City of Centralia. He says the rate compares favorably to her experience and to other senior, City staff who currently work for the City of Salem. 

    “I am also pleased to announce that, pending final City Council approval, the Salem Economic Development budget will decrease by approximately $13,000 compared to the last fiscal year,” Gruen explained.