Last Wednesday, Patch received a reader tip that Crestwood City Administrator Petree Eastman was being terminated. At that time, Mayor Jeff Schlink said, "The board has not taken any action to terminate her employment." However, in a closed session Friday afternoon, the Board of Aldermen voted 7-0 to appoint Fire Chief Karl Kestler as acting city administrator. Kestler previously served as acting city administrator.
Eastman was voted the first female city administrator last fall. She served as University City's assistant city manager from April 2007-June 2010. Since Eastman is a resident of University City, the board formally adopted an ordinance naming her city administrator.
The process to hire Eastman took approximately four months. Even though the board has never terminated Eastman, Schlink said that there is "an outstanding personnel matter that's still being worked through."