City selects new administrator
Jeff Dingman is looking forward to returning to Baldwin.
Dingman, who was in Baldwin a decade ago to attend college, will be returning as the new city administrator.
He will begin his role as the city's new administrator July 28, filling the vacancy left open in February by former city administrator Larry Paine, who accepted a city manager's position in Concordia.
Dingman, 32, is currently an assistant county administrator in Sebastian County, Ark. He and his wife, Janel, and his 4-year-old stepdaughter, Hali, live in Fort Smith, Ark.
More than 50 applications were received for the city administrator position. A search committee reviewed the applications before interviewing the finalists. Mayor Ken Hayes said Dingman was selected to be the new administrator because he was the most qualified candidate.
"We're very excited to have him on board," Hayes said. "I think he's very qualified."
Dingman, who is originally from Eudora, graduated from Baker University in 1994. He received a master's degree in public administration and a law degree from Kansas University.
He spent one year in University Park, Texas, as part of a full-time internship and stayed another year once the internship was completed.
He has worked as the assistant county administrator for Sebastian County for the past four years.
Dingman said he was excited to return to Kansas for a couple of reasons.
"Both as professional development and the fact I'll return close to home," he said.
He hasn't set any goals yet, but he said he's aware a number of items will need to be addressed.
"I think the goal development will come as I get more familiar with the needs of the city," he said.
Hayes said he's pleased with the selection and believes Dingman should be a good match for the city.
"I think we have us a long-term city administrator," he said.