ST. CHARLES — Michael Klinghammer resigned Monday from the County Council to take a full-time economic development job with St. Charles city government.
Klinghammer, 54, will focus on business retention and local-level business development in his new job, said Mayor Dan Borgmeyer.
Klinghammer’s hiring is part of a shakeup of the city’s economic development team after Borgmeyer unseated incumbent Sally Faith for the mayor’s job in the April election.
The city is seeking a new economic development director to succeed David Leezer, who resigned in July, and is interviewing applicants, Borgmeyer said. Travis Wilson, the assistant director, also left. He now is Florissant’s economic development director.
County Executive Steve Ehlmann said he expects to pick someone in the next 30 days to fill the remaining 16 months in Klinghammer’s current council term.
The county charter requires that person to share Klinghammer’s party affiliation — he’s a Republican — and to be approved by the council.
Klinghammer was elected to the County Council in 2012 and reelected in 2016. Earlier, he served 12 years on the St. Charles City Council.
In 2015, Klinghammer ran for mayor, losing to Faith. He considered running against Faith again this year but instead supported Borgmeyer, a retired business executive and newcomer to elective politics.
“We are very excited to have Mike join our team,” Borgmeyer said. The mayor said his breadth of knowledge and experience and his familiarity with the city will be a valuable asset.
Klinghammer, in addition to his part-time elected positions, has worked in the private sector as an investment adviser and in construction management.
Borgmeyer said the city also is seeking a new convention and tourism director to succeed Joe Ward. Ward left earlier this month for a new job as president of an agency overseeing a convention center and local tourism efforts in Rochester, Minnesota.