Martin Toma Retiring

City administrator Martin Toma, left, talked with then-Mayor Dick Greminger during a Ste. Genevieve event in 2015. Toma announced last week he was retiring after nine years in his position with the city. (Herald file photo)

Ste. Genevieve city administrator Martin Toma is retiring after nine years on the job.

Toma officially announced his decision during a closed session with the Board of Aldermen following their regular meeting last Thursday night.

Toma began his tenure as city administrator in April 2011, ending a period of frequently changing administrators. He was the fourth person to occupy the position in eight years when he assumed duties. Toma’s presence helped create some continuity and stability.

He was not being flippant when he called “surviving nine years” his biggest accomplishment. Upon taking the job in 2011, Toma was quoted as saying, “I know they’ve had some turnover over the years, and one of my goals is to stop that. I’m not on my way anywhere.”

“Whenever we hired Martin, we had kind a reputation for having kind of a revolving door for city administrators,” said Dick Greminger, who was mayor from 2003 until 2017, working the last several beside Toma. “Either they would leave or the city wasn’t happy with them and would get rid of them.”

Greminger said one of Toma’s secrets was not getting involved in local politics or positioning.

“He didn’t have an opinion about anybody who should be on the board or shouldn’t be on the board or support anybody,” Greminger said.

See complete story in the January 15 edition of the Herald.