The second public works director in Union history has been hired.

Kayla Stephens has been hired to head the city’s public works department. She replaces Harold Lampkin who retired in September after 45 years with the city. 

Union City Administrator Russell Rost made the announcement at Monday night personnel, finance and public works committee meeting.

Rost said Stephens will start with the city Monday, Dec. 17.

Rost said Stephens comes to the city from Byrne and Jones Construction, Bridgeton, where she works as a project engineer.

He said she is a Union High School graduate who earned her college degree from the University of Missouri S&T in Rolla. 

Rost said he was impressed by her resume.

“We’re looking forward to having her start,” he said.  

The city has been without a director since Lampkin retired Sept. 7. Rost has been filling in on an interim basis.

Lampkin was the first public works director for the city when he was hired in 2003. In total, he spent 45 years with the city before retiring in September.

According to the job posting, the director position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the city’s water, wastewater, and street maintenance operations.