Laura Hagg

Laura Hagg (LinkedIn)

Frankfort has a new city manager, and her name is Laura Hagg.

The Frankfort native and governance specialist with nearly 30 years of experience verbally accepted the city’s offer for the position at an annual salary of $140,000, per Human Resources Director Kathy Fields.

The city commission offered the job to Hagg in a 4-1 vote earlier this week, with only Commissioner Katrisha Waldridge opposed.

Hagg last worked in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as a senior governance adviser. According to her Linkedin profile, she worked across 16 cities in the nation to “advance local democracy and economic development” in the area, largely through providing strategic guidance to community leaders.

Her other experience is similar, most often assisting local governments and businesses abroad.

Hagg worked five years (2010-15) in Washington, D.C., at the International City/County Management Association, most recently as director of Middle East and Africa programs.

Fields said that Hagg's hiring will be made official at the city's June 28 meeting and that her start date has yet to be finalized.

When reached on Monday, Hagg sent a statement to The State Journal expressing her excitement for the future.

"I am happy to be back in my hometown and excited about the opportunity to support Frankfort in engaging citizens, providing great services and more fully realizing its economic development potential," Hagg wrote.

"There are many good things happening here and I look forward to working with the Mayor and the Board of Commissioners to support current initiatives and bring new ones to fruition."

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