February 8, 2016

Unanimous council makes admin job offer

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com After a lengthy search, Gardner City Council members unanimously agreed to start negotiations to hire Cheryl Harrison-Lee as city administrator. If she accepts the position, Harrison-Lee will replace Stewart Fairburn, who left more than a year ago for a position in Chickasaw, Okla. Initially, city officials hoped to hire a new city Continue Reading

UPDATED: Mundt leaving Gardner for Iowa

Melissa Mundt Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Melissa Mundt, Gardner assistant city administrator and interim community development director, has been hired as assistant city manager for the city of Ames, Iowa. Mundt, an Ames native, began work for the city of Gardner in 2003. She was recently named one of three finalists among 160 persons who applied Continue Reading

Gardner restarts city administrator search

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner is again seeking city administrator applicants. Mike Press, interim city administrator, told council members he had received 35 resumes as of Feb. 6. He anticipates about 100 applicants by the end of February. Mayor Dave Drovetta will lead a committee of council members Kristina Harrison and Chris Morrow in narrowing the Continue Reading

City administrator to leave Gardner for Oklahoma job

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com 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’s resignation with the City of Gardner was tendered Feb. 8 and is effective March 7.  In the meantime, according to Gardner Mayor David Drovetta, the governing body Continue Reading