Lisa Peck was named Wednesday morning at Hannibal City Hall as the new city manager.

Lisa Peck was named Wednesday morning at Hannibal City Hall as the new city manager. She will start June 24. Peck comes to Hannibal from Fenton where she served that community’s city manager.

“I am very excited and appreciate the opportunity to join the professionals on the city of Hannibal's staff,” she said in a news release. “I look forward to becoming part of the community and working with the mayor and council to continue moving Hannibal into the future while maintaining and enhancing the traditions that make this historic city unique and special.”

Peck has more than a decade of experience in city management and community development throughout Missouri and Illinois.

“Lisa's experience in city management and economic development was a big attraction to us,” Mayor Jim Hark said in the release. “Lisa brings a proven track record of leadership and development of municipalities and I feel she will lead the city of Hannibal into the future that is in line with our financial and economic development goals.”

Peck holds a master's degree in public policy and public administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She completed coursework in fundamentals of economic development and fundamentals of planning and zoning at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and earned a professional community and economic developer certification from the Community Development Council.

Peck's hiring followed in intensive search by The PACE Group, a recruiting firm that the city hired in January to market the position nationwide and help with the screening process.

Hannibal has operated without a city manager since March 15, when Jeff LaGarce departed after serving 12 years in that position. He announced in late December his plans to return to the St. Louis area.

The city's chain of command was revised since LaGarce’s departure. Andy Dorian, previously the director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, was given the title of director of central services. His duties include the overall day-to-day operations and management of both the parks and recreation, and street departments. His responsibilities also include operations and management of the city's former landfill and Hannibal Regional Airport.

Dorian said during Wednesday's Hannibal Tree Board meeting that his responsibilities would not change when a new city manager was hired.

danny.henley@courierpost.com