Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2011

Council hires interim city administrator to replace Dingman

May 26, 2011

Pam (Madl) Irey is coming out of retirement to serve as Baldwin City’s interim city administrator until a replacement for Jeff Dingman is hired.

Irey, who lives in Baldwin City with her husband, was hired at a special meeting Tuesday of the Baldwin City Council. Dingman, the current city administrator who is leaving Baldwin City to take a job in Fort Smith, Ark., at the end of the month.

“I’m coming out of retirement for a brief stint,” Irey said. “I’m looking forward to working with the townspeople.”

Irey retired in December from her position of assistant Douglas County administrator, after almost 25 years with the county.

On Tuesday, she met with Mayor Ken Wagner, Dingman and other city employees to discuss budget issues.

“She did feel some sense of duty to help out Baldwin in a time where the city needed someone of her expertise,” Wagner said. “She’s agreed to do that under the parameters that it’s somewhat of a part-time job.”

At the city council meeting Tuesday, Wagner informed the council members about what duties Irey would be taking on as the interim administrator. He said she would work 25 hours a week.

“She’s there to fill in as we need her,” Wagner said. “She doesn’t want to come in to a three-month role and get involved in day-to-day things, even though she will if we ask her and need her to be involved. I’ve said all along that our department heads are strong enough that it doesn’t take a lot of micromanaging by our city administrator.

“She’s committed to help our staff out,” he said. “The majority of that will be helping with the budget and helping the governing body and the mayor in finding a replacement for our city administrator.”

Wagner said he hopes to hire a new city administrator by Sept. 1. He also said the city has received about 30 resumes for the position.

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