NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- The city is in search for a new city administrator who can fill the role after city administrator Jim Hawks is retiring after 17 years.
Jim Hawks retires and community seeks replacement (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)
Candidates should have at least five years of progressive municipal management experience. Jim Hawks, the city administrator said they need to be somebody who is well seasoned in municipal work and has knowledge in all the various services the city provides.
"We'll know a little bit more here by the end of the week but by no means would that be the end of the search if we don't find somebody who the mayor feels is qualified to take the position," said Hawks, "Time will tell but we're doing everything we can to find the right person for this job and I'm sure at the end of the day we'll find that person."
The mayor will bring in who he thinks are good candidates and the city council will vote. They are looking for someone who is approachable by the public and willing to go out and get involved in things around the community. They want to make sure their many projects are moving in a positive direction before many people with years of experience retire.
"We're losing a lot of institution knowledge out of City Hall here so that really makes it all that much more important to make sure that we get the right person in each one of these various positions," said Hawks.
If the mayor doesn't see someone who is a good fit they will go back and reevaluate in an effort to make sure they get the right person.