The town of Nixa changed a leadership role to a full-time one, a move that meant a promotion for a longtime employee.

Effective Jan. 1, Cindy Robbins was promoted to full-time assistant city administrator, according to a press release. Previously, she simultaneously served as part-time assistant municipal administrator and municipal clerk.

“Cindy has extensive knowledge and experience which is invaluable to the city. This promotion allows her skills to be applied to special projects while strengthening our organizational structure,” said Jimmy Liles, City Administrator. de Nixa, in the press release. “By creating the city’s first full-time Deputy City Administrator position, we recognize the incredible growth of our community and organization, which Cindy has witnessed much of during her tenure.

A city employee since 1989, Robbins has served the city longer than any current employee. She became a clerk in 2014.

She will continue as city clerk until Nixa City Council appoints a new person for the position, the statement said.