Dayton names longtime city employee as new deputy city manager

Veteran city employee LaShea Lofton has been appointed as the new deputy city manager by Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.

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Lofton has served the city of Dayton and the community for more than 28 years. She has worked in several departments and roles, including management analyst, senior budget analyst, senior community development analyst, senior community development analyst and community development administrator.

She has worked as the director for the Department of Recreation and Youth Services and in 2013 was appointed the director of the Department of Finance.

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“LaShea has tremendous experience and talents that will serve her well in this new position,” said Dickstein in a press release. “She has led diverse teams in a myriad of operations for over 25 years. She is well versed in policy planning and creative problem solving and has a talent for process and system analysis.”

Lofton is replacing Tammi Clements, who left the position on May 31. She will start with a salary of $160,500.

In her new role as deputy city manager, Lofton will provide leadership and oversight to the departments of Aviation, Finance, Public Works and lead the establishment of a new Department of Information Technology.

The IT department includes approximately 32 employees and was reestablished in 2019 to manage the city’s information and technology policies, procedures and systems more efficiently, city officials said.

“We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber join our city manager team,” Dickstein said.

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