City Managers Bio
Brooke A. Smith was appointed to the position of City Manager by a unanimous vote of the City Council in April 2019. Brooke oversees the management and operation of all City departments and services, as well as all city-wide projects. Brooke’s career with the City of East St. Louis includes extensive operations management, organizational development, budget, fiscal policy and contract management experience. Brooke has guided the City through two fiscal crises including an intercept of state revenues and budget shortfalls due to COVID-19. As City Manager, Brooke reports to the City Council with the responsibility of providing professional background and recommendations for the Council’s decision-making and to then implement the Council’s policy direction.
With 10 years of progressive local government experience, Brooke has served as the Director of Community Development for the City of East St. Louis from September 2017 – April 2019 when she was appointed Interim City Manager. Prior to joining the East St. Louis team, Brooke served as City Clerk for the City of Dellwood from November 2011 – September 2017 and served as a key figure in the recovery efforts following the Ferguson civil unrest.
Brooke’s local government experience has shaped her into an innovative and creative leader that believes in transparency and accountability, building partnerships and getting things done in organizations with competing priorities. Brooke believes in building strong relationships with public and private sector partners and is passionate about local government given the existing ability at the local level to make impactful change.
Brooke received her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law, a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and her undergraduate degree from Lindenwood University. Brooke is a member of the Missouri Bar and she participates in a number of professional organizations, including the International City Managers Association, the Illinois City/County Management Association, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Brooke is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.