November 28, 2014

Edgerton seeks ‘out-of-box’ thinker in city manager

Mark Taylor
submissions@gardnernews.com

The Edgerton City Council hopes to have a new city administrator in place by early June.

Mike Press, interim city admin, told the council on April 14 that 50 applicants have expressed interest in the job.

The council will review the applications during a 7:30 p.m. special meeting/executive session on April 21.

“You will see every person who applied,” Press told the council. “You will also see groupings and rankings basked on background, education, experience and characteristics you indicated you desire in a city administrator.”

The council has been searching for a new city administrator since David Dillner resigned the city’s top-paid post earlier this year.

Press told The Gardner News the council will select the candidates they want to interview during the month of May.

The council hopes to name a new hire by June 6.

Councilman Ken Gilespie, who recently fell 11 votes short of re-election, encouraged remaining council members to hire an administrator who “thinks outside the box.”

“(In dealing with the intermodal), we pulled some things out that no one ever thought about. Things the state never thought about. You have to continue to think outside of the box,” he said.

Gilespie suggested that the council consider a new administrator who does not have traditional city administrator training.

“If you hire someone that has gone through college, internship, assistant administrator, you are going to find someone who has stayed in the box,” Gilespie said.  “Or you find someone like Mr.

Press (interim city administrator) who stepped into it from outside administration with a whole different thought process.

“Get someone who is not really a city administrator, but can handle (administration). Because they are going to continue the out-of-the-box thinking.”

Mayor Don Roberts agreed.

“I would like to see someone who is very innovative,” he said.

Gilespie, a civil engineer, said he was concerned about the city’s “crumbling” infrastructure:

“Our newest streets are falling apart. Cities have a choice of putting money into maintenance or putting a boatload of money into rehab. That is the only two choices.”

He also expressed concern about guiding the intermodal’s development, which he said will be a “blessing” for Edgerton if done right.

“Those are the challenges you guys will have the next few years,” Gilespie said.

In other business, the council:

• swore in newly elected council members Clay Longanecker and Jody Brown. Francis Cross was unable to attend the meeting and will be sworn in later.

• The council also elected Clay Longanecker to serve an additional term as council president.

• approved a voluntary annexation petition for the Holtgraver property at 32377 W. 191st Street near the intermodal site.

The council directed staff to prepare an ordinance to approve the annexation, which is contiguous with city limits.

Press said there has been no opposition to the annexation.

Comments

  1. I hope both the cities of Edgerton and Gardner find a city administrator who actually works for the citizens/taxpayers rather than being involved in dirty, rotten politics who cater to biz, developers and other special interests. Will I get what I would like to have – highly doubt it because I know who will be doing the picking.

  2. Thanks for sharing. What a plearuse to read!

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