Archive for Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Dingman off to good start as city leader

January 7, 2004

Todd Cohen believes that although the new city administrator hasn't been in Baldwin long, he's a benefit to the town.

"It is very early, but he's been productive. He's already making the right first steps," Cohen said. "I call him quiet and competent."

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Jeff Dingman, who took over the role of city administrator in July, spent the last six months becoming acquainted with the city.

"It's been going well," Dingman said. "So far I haven't been faced with a lot of difficulties."

While he might think he's just warming up, Mayor Ken Hayes believes Dingman has already made a difference.

"He's done a really good job," Hayes said. "He's already implementing new projects for the city."

Some of the items Dingman said he's been focusing on include city employee health coverage, a revision of the personnel policy manual, downtown beautification, the city's traffic signal and Baldwin's future business park.

He said he's also continuing to work with the county on capital road and bridge projects.

But a majority of his goals, he said, centers around the city's budget.

"Most of the goals I came in with were in terms of budgeting, but that was already done when I got here," he said. "So I'm looking ahead to the kinds of things we need to do in that regard for this next year."

Hayes said Dingman has already proved he's budget conscious.

"He's very detailed oriented where the money is actually going," he said. "He really tries hard to get the maximum use of the money collected by the city."

Dingman said he is looking forward to the upcoming year and, if the past few months are any indication, he expects good things for Baldwin.

"It's been a good experience so far," he said, "but I feel like I'm just warming up."

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