Although no official announcement has been made, West Newsmagazine has learned the position of long-time city of Chesterfield employee Libbey Malberg-Tucker has been eliminated and that she no longer is employed by the city.
Asked about rumors concerning Malberg-Tucker’s departure, Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson confirmed that her position had been eliminated late last week [Nov. 30]. Johnson spoke in the absence of City Administrator Mike Geisel, who was vacationing this week with his family, according to an announcement made at the City Council’s Dec. 4 meeting.
Johnson also confirmed that Geisel had informed Malberg-Tucker about her position being eliminated.
“Libbey’s position reports to me and I am solely and wholly responsible for whomever [sic] is in that position,” Geisel stated in a later email to West Newsmagazine. “Any rumors to the contrary are unfounded,” he said, addressing rumors that city councilmembers had been involved in the decision. Geisel added that he “would strongly resist any political intrusion into my areas of responsibility.”
Malberg-Tucker has been on the city staff for more than 12 years. Her most recent title was assistant city administrator for community services and economic development, a position listed on the city’s transparency portal as paying $116,947 annually.
It was not immediately clear how or if Malberg-Tucker’s position will be reconfigured or who, if anyone, will occupy that job.
Contacted by West Newsmagazine, Malberg-Tucker declined to comment about her position being terminated other than to confirm that Geisel informed her of the action Nov. 30.