Mark Taylor
Edgerton’s new city administrator starts work on July 5.
Elizabeth “Beth” Linn – who most recently served as director of community development for the city of Raytown  — was hired for the Edgerton job last month from a slate of more than 60 candidates.
Linn, a Johnson County native, was raised in Leawood and graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School.
She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business marketing at Kansas State University and worked in the private sector for three years before deciding she needed a change.
Linn enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Kansas, but was turned off by the “cut-throat” nature of chasing profit in the business world.
One of her business professors at KU then suggested she consider a career in the public sector, and Linn went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration.
Linn had some family experience to draw from, as her father worked in municipal wastewater for Black and Veatch for 40 years.
“I didn’t know much about municipal government at the time,” Linn said. “It is kind of a hidden profession. I really like the idea of community service and building communities. I like having a job where you make a difference in the community.”
Linn, who lives in Shawnee with her husband, a Shawnee firefighter, and their two children, said she is looking forward to starting work in Edgerton.
She has attended council meetings and spent two half-days with Interim City Administrator Mike Press to bring herself up to speed.
One of her first orders of business will be finishing up work on the city budget, which is due to be turned into the state in August.
“I am super excited to be here,” Linn said. “Southwest Johnson County is the place to be.”
Linn’s work experience includes two-and-a-half years as the city of Raytown’s director of community development and eight years working in mission, starting as an intern and working her way up to neighborhood services manager for the city of Merriam.
Mayor Don Roberts said last month he was “excited” to have Linn on board.
“We are pleased to have someone with Beth’s education, experience and professional skills to help guide the council and the city through the rough times and the good times that lie ahead,” he said.
Linn – whose salary was set at $83,000 – replaces former administrator David Dillner, who resigned earlier this year to take a job with the city of Abilene.
Linn said her primary objective is to help the city council achieve its goals.
She describes her administrative style as “leading by example.”
“In any one day in Raytown you’ll see me attending executive team meetings or answering the phones,” Linn said. “That fits perfectly for Edgerton. I have always been in small cities that operate on lean staffs, so doing budget and capital projects and answering the phones doesn’t bother me.”