February 10, 2016

Panel talks development at symposium

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner has an opportunity to grow by choice or by chance, a panel of experts told audience members during a city-hosted economic development symposium on March 11. Panelists included Owen Buckley, a developer; Bruce Kimmel, a financial advisor; Bob Marcusse, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council; former Mayor Continue Reading

City hires new police chief

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner will have a new police chief come Feb. 27. City council members approved the hiring of James Pruetting, during a Feb. 16 council meeting. Pruetting replaces former Chief Gerald Cullumber, who resigned in June 2014 one-week shy of a year on the job. Cullumber was hired after a nearly year-long search Continue Reading

Gardner Police Chief resigns

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner Police Chief Gerald Cullumber has resigned, city administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee announced at the tail end of a June 2 city council meeting. Harrison-Lee did not offer further explanation, but said the resignation was effective immediately. Cullumber did not attend the meeting. However, city council met in executive, or private, session for Continue Reading

Planning workshops for community, business scheduled

In October, the city of Gardner initiated the community outreach component of the seven-step process for updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan. To continue this outreach, the city will be hosting two events: a Community Workshop and a Business Workshop. These events are an opportunity for residents and business owners to communicate what they believe to Continue Reading

City may have new police chief this summer

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner may have a new police chief come July. City administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee said the search for a new police chief is winding down, and she hopes to recommend a candidate for the job during the June 17 city council meeting. The new chief will replace Ken Francis, who died last August. Continue Reading

Public officials attend KOMA training workshop

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe hosted dozens of public and appointed officials at a workshop on the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). More than 90 people, including Gardner City Council members Larry Fotovich and Randy Gregorcyk and city administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee, attended the two-hour presentation. “Several city officials have expressed confusion Continue Reading

Gardner plans management restructuring

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner City Council is considering a restructuring of its management system. The council tabled action July 16 that would eliminate the assistant city administration position and bring back the community development position. The assistant city administrator job was vacated earlier this year when Melissa Mundt left to accept a job in Continue Reading

City issues press release on new administrator

On Monday, May 21st, the Gardner City Council finalized a contract with Ms. Cheryl Harrison-Lee for the position of city administrator.  Harrison-Lee comes from the town of Eatonville, Fla., where she has been the Chief Administrative Officer since 2009.  She comes to the city of Gardner with over 26 years of experience and a variety Continue Reading

Cheryl Harrison-Lee accepts city administrator job

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Cheryl Harrison-Lee has accepted the position of Gardner City Administrator. Her signature is on a contract agreeing to take the job.  City officials will likely sign after the holiday weekend. According to the contract, her first day with the city will be July 16. Today, interim-city-administrator Mike Press is managing the city Continue Reading

‘Final offer’ made to new administrator

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In what council president Kristina Harrison called a “final offer,” city council members authorized Mayor Dave Drovetta to sign an agreement with Cheryl Harrison-Lee to become Gardner City Administrator. Council members retreated to chambers for 25 minutes during the May 21 meeting for an executive session to discuss personnel matters. The council Continue Reading