February 8, 2016

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

Gardner assistant city administrator finalist for job in Iowa

The Ames Tribune (Iowa) reported today that Melissa Mundt, Gardner assistant city administrator, is a finalist for a similar job in Ames. Gardner City Council members currently are seeking to replace former city administrator Stewart Fairburn, who left the community last February for a job in Oklahoma. His replacement process was stopped last year after Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Solution needed in city hiring saga

The issue: The Gardner city administrator search is in a holding pattern, and there are questions about how consultants involved in the process were paid. Our View:  The questions must be answered and council must find a way to find a solution to the hiring challenge. Gardner’s search for a new city administrator has been Continue Reading

Council members draft profile for city administrator job

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Council members worked to create a profile of the person they hope will replace former city administrator Stewart Fairburn. They aren’t interested in someone who will micro-manage city affairs. Otherwise, the council members did not appear to reach a consensus on the other traits they’re seeking. That may come later as resumes Continue Reading