Waterloo’s HR director resigns

Saundra Eckstadt

The City of Waterloo is looking for a new human resources coordinator following the departure of Saundra Eckstadt earlier this month.

“While I have moved on to pursue new opportunities, I am thankful for the positive relationships built with colleagues. I believe that change is an inevitable part of one’s professional journey, and I am excited about the new challenges and growth opportunities that lie ahead,” Eckstadt stated in a comment last week to the Republic-Times. “I wish the City of Waterloo continued success in all its endeavors.”

In March 2023, aldermen gave the OK on the appointment of Eckstadt by then-mayor Tom Smith as the city’s new HR coordinator, filling a vacancy created through the 2022 resignation of Jessica Rucks.

Per a Freedom of Information Act request, Eckstadt submitted her letter of resignation to Waterloo Mayor Stan Darter and the city council on Jan. 9, offering thanks for the opportunities associated with the position. 

For more information on this job opening, visitwaterloo.il.us/departments/employment or call City Hall at 618-939-8600.

In other city news, the re-appointments of Ken Hartman Jr. and Lauren Poettker to the Waterloo Zoning Board of Appeals were approved during the Jan. 16 council meeting. 

Also at the Jan. 16 meeting, an exterior building materials request for the proposed Zahnow Elementary School expansion was approved. 

All aldermen voted in favor of this request, with council members Tina Charron and Joel Vogt abstaining. Charron is the wife of Waterloo Superintendent of Schools Brian Charron; Vogt works for the engineer on the project.

Another measure taken during the most recent council meeting was approval of the Remlok Phase 5 final plat. D&A Builders sought and received approval on this final plat for a two-lot extension of its existing Remlok subdivision. 

The next meeting of the Waterloo City Council is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at City Hall. 

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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