Kirksville Assistant City Manager reflects on first three months on the job

Kirksville Assistant City Manager, Ashley Young

A new Kirksville city employee has passed his three month mark on the job.

Kirksville Assistant City Mangaer Ashley Young says his new job has been a learning experience.

He says it was a challenge at first since he had to hit the ground running and he knew he had big shoes to fill since former Assistant City Manager Melanie Smith was in the position for so long.

By taking on the position Young hopes to bring a fresh approach to City Hall.

He says this gives him a chance to do more for the city and its citizens.

â??In a lot of ways this job combined a lot of what I enjoy about being involved in the community in the first place whether it be economic development, community development, parks and recreation, and public information. All those things converged in the job of assistant city manager. That's been really enjoyable,â?? said Young.

Young added the hardest part of the job so far was the closing of Kirlin's Hallmark on the square.

Young looks forward to bringing more businesses to the city.

Other projects he has in the works include the McKinney dog park and the aquatic center.