Gardner City Administrator Stewart Fairburn has accepted a job with the City of Chickasha, Okla and will start in that city on April 1.

Fairburn will assume the position currently held by retiring City Manager Larry Shelton.  Officials from Chickasha, population 17,192, selected Fairburn after conducting a nationwide search led by Chris Hartung Consulting, an executive search firm based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The appointment was announced today in a press release issued by Chickasha Mayor Hank Ross.

Ross touted Fairburn’s experience in successfully managing issues associated with the rapid growth in the Gardner community. He also cited the completions of a variety of capital improvement projects including a new city hall, water and waste water treatment plants, fire stations, an aquatic center, a 60-acre park with athletic facilities, and other infrastructure projects.

“Stewart has an intense financial background and I anticipate that will continue. With Stewart’s experience and leadership I am excited about the future of Chickasha,” Ross stated.

In December Fairburn celebrated his 10th anniversary as city administrator in Gardner.  He arrived in Gardner late in the winter of 2000 just as the city was in the middle of explosive growth.

Before landing in Gardner, his job took him on stops from Colorado to Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.

Attempts to reach Gardner City Administration and the mayor for comment have been unsuccessful.