We welcome Mike Press as interim Gardner city administrator, should council members approve Mayor Dave Drovetta’s recommendation.
Press is well-respected in the Johnson County community. A former Johnson County manager. He most recently served as an interim city administrator in Edgerton while they conducted an administrative search.
Our working relationship with Press has always found him to be honest, fair-handed and forward-thinking.
Press’ recommendation for appointment was announced in a letter from the mayor, which states the administrative search is suspended until spring. The letter, signed by Mayor Drovetta, goes on to say two potential candidates withdrew their names, apparently due, in part,  to a letter to the editor from another councilmember. Although a specific  councilmember is not named in the letter, Councilmember Larry Fotovich did write a letter to the editor regarding the search.
The complete text of  Fotovich’s letter, and the Mayor’s letter are available online at www.gardnernews.com.
We believe Press has the personality and expertise to rise above any political negativity, and we hope his recent experience in Edgerton can assist the two communities in pulling together and cooperating as the intermodal, and subsequent growth it spins off, is built. The communities share not only borders, but community members and the USD 231 school district.
Congratulations to the mayor and city council on an excellent interim choice.