The City of Hazelwood is comprised of ten departments:
The City Manager is the chief administrator for the City of Hazelwood, running the day to day operations of the city, with the other departments reporting to him. Also in the City Manager’s office is the Assistant City Manager, Administrative Assistant to City Manager, Communications Coordinator, and Human Resources Assistant.
The City Clerk’s office is responsible for maintaining all official records of the City; preparing and coordinating the codifying of Ordinances adopted by the City Council; conducting municipal elections; processing all Special Land Use Permit, rezoning and subdivision petitions and liquor license applications; processing all correspondence for the City Council; keeping the minutes; receiving and distributing communications directed to the Council; attesting to, indexing and filing ordinances, proclamations and resolutions; giving oaths of office; maintaining the Municipal Code book and other internal manuals; coordinating all public hearings, legal notices and litigation for the City; and responding to inquiries from citizens and organizations. City Clerk Chris Thomas also serves as liaison and secretary for the City’s judicial lay groups including the Board of Adjustment/Architectural Board of Review, Board of Appeals and Board of Review.
The Legal Department provides legal services to the City. The department is organized into three units; Legal Services (which is headed by outside Counsel Kevin O’Keefe), Municipal Court and the Traffic Violations Bureau.
The Finance Department is a four-person department headed by Finance Director Lori Helle. The department is responsible for processing monthly financial statements and a Comprehensive Annual Report, establishing and implementing control procedures, investing idle funds, bi-weekly payrolls, monitoring payroll procedures, annual business licenses and coordinating annual budget preparation.
In addition, the Finance department provides pet tags and pet releases.
The Hazelwood Police Department’s primary functions are the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace and order, safe movement of traffic, provision for emergency service and the delivery of effective and efficient quality service. The nearly 70 person department is run by Police Chief Gregg Hall.
The Hazelwood Fire Department provides fire, medical, and other emergency services for the City of Hazelwood and surrounding area. We also feature an aggressive fire prevention and public safety education campaign year round. Our fire trucks and front line ambulance feature state-of-the-art technology and our personnel are continually improving their standards of training in fire suppression, technical rescue, and emergency medical standards. Equipped with the latest Advanced Life Support technology, paramedic/firefighters on the fire trucks are ready for any medical emergency. Our ambulance service is contracted with SSM DePaul Health Center for medical control and can transport patients to any local hospital.
Fire protection for the City of Hazelwood is jointly covered by the Hazelwood Fire Department along with the Robertson and Florissant Valley Fire Protection Districts. Though a larger area of the community is now under the umbrella of City services, the newest areas retain primary fire protection by those districts. The northwest area, including the Riverwood and surrounding area, is covered by the Florissant Valley F.P.D. and the Villa Maria, Brown Campus, and surrounding areas are covered by the Robertson F.P.D.
The Public Works department is responsible for reviewing plans and issuing permits, processing petitions for subdivisions, special land use permits, rezoning, variances and special land use permit transfers, performing housing and business inspections, administering the flood plain program, maintaining liaison with FEMA, MSD, Union Electric and other utility companies and governmental agencies serving the St. Louis area and administering the City’s refuse collection contract and Community Development Block Grant Fund.
Parks & Recreation
“Enjoy Today – Live for Tomorrow” is the motto adopted by the Park and Recreation Division. This division of the Public Works Department employs nine professional staff members whose mission is to provide quality leisure services to the residents and guests who use the City’s parks and recreation facilities. The City operates two major recreation centers – the Community Center and the Civic Center East, the White Birch Bay aquatic center, one outdoor swimming pool, Missouri’s first 18 hole Disc Golf Course, the Hazelwood Sports Complex, and 16 community parks which feature picnic pavilions, play areas, fitness courses and sport fields.
Street Maintenance is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all city owned buildings, streets, vehicles and streets signs, snow removal, rat abatement, mosquito fogging and other duties and emergencies as they arise.
Park Maintenance maintains the comfort stations, swimming pool, lift station at the Community Center, park equipment, tennis courts, ball diamonds and racquetball courts as well as most of the landscaping and construction needs and all of the parking lots, walkways and volleyball pits.
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