Chadron council appoints new city manager
By a unanimous secret ballot, the Chadron City Council Monday night picked Wayne Anderson of Chadron as the new city manager.
Anderson, a program director for Northwest Community Action Partnership who came to Chadron 7 years ago as a college student after a 30-year career in the Navy, was selected over former Green River, Wyoming, city administrator Barry Cook.
Mayor Karin Fischer says Chadron had special needs from the new city manager...finding itself in a unique situation after the turmoil of the past 2 years that culminated last October in the recall of Mayor John Chizek and Vice Mayor Steve Duncan and the resignation of City Manager Sandy Powell
Mayor Fischer thinks that the primary factor that made Anderson the choice is his status as someone who's lived in Chadron long enough to gain a good understanding of the community but is new enough to town to have fresh ideas and not be locked into past squabbles.
Fischer says many Chadron residents wanted the new city manager to come from the local area and letter her and the other council members know their feelings after the public interviews of both Anderson and Cook last week.
Anderson says he felt good about his interview and felt he had a good shot at being the city council's choice, but was flabbergasted when the vote was revealed to be unanimous.
Anderson says the unanimous vote also surprised him because Cook was such a strong applicant, too.
Anderson is optimistic contract details can be worked out fairly quickly and says Northwest Community Action was already preparing for the possibility of his departure.
Fischer is also optimistic a contract can be worked out in time for the council to take formal action at its August 6th meeting,
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