July 26, 2014

Edgerton hires interim city administrator

Corbin H. Crable
chcrable@gardnernews.com

Mayor Don Roberts announced on Thursday that Mike Press has been hired as Edgerton’s interim city administrator.

Press, who currently serves the city as a consultant, replaces outgoing City Administrator David Dillner, who has resigned his position to accept a job as city manager of Abilene, Kan. Dillner’s last day as Edgerton city administrator is Feb. 7. He will train Press until that time, according to Roberts.

Roberts also has appointed Edgerton resident Irene Eastwood as interim city treasurer. Eastwood, who replaces Mary Ann Schmidt, will serve in that capacity until May, when Roberts plans to appoint a permanent city treasurer.

Roberts praised Press for his knowledge of the city’s operations and dedication to the city.

“Mike Press has an extensive background,” Roberts said. “He will make this transition as (smooth) as he can make it.”

According to the resolution approving Press’s hiring, Press will assume the position immediately.

Roberts said he is unsure of how long Press will serve as interim city administrator, but that the city plans to eventually hire a consulting firm to spearhead a nationwide search for a permanent city administrator.

The city administrator’s duties include, among other responsibilities, overseeing the day-to-day operations of all city departments and services, preparing or supervising the preparation of the city’s annual budget, and providing input for pending legislation concerning the city at both a state and national level.

In other business, the council:

• joined the mayor in recognizing a proclamation honoring the state of Kansas during its 150th year of statehood.

• heard a brief report on revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan from planning consultant Roger Kroh.

• approved an interlocal cooperation agreement establishing the Hillsdale

Area Water Cooperative The agreement, which terminates the city’s agreements with the state regarding water shares at Hillsdale Lake, will grant Edgerton more access to the lake. In addition to Edgerton, founding members of the cooperative include the cities of Gardner, Spring Hill and Wellsville.

The council will next convene for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Edgerton Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St.

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