Fort Madison is in the market for a new city manager, as Byron Smith has resigned after five years on the job.
Burlington’s new city manager says he will spend his first few weeks on the job getting to know as many people as possible.
Jim Ferneau comes to town via Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, where he served as city administrator. He has been involved in city government for about 15 years.
Ferneau says he and his wife grew up in the Marshalltown area. They have nine children and are in the process of moving to Burlington.
The six men vying to be Burlington’s next city manager have plenty on their schedules while in town this weekend.
The selection process gets underway Friday morning with individual tours of the city.
Each candidate will be joined by a member of the city council and a representative of the Chamber of Commerce.
8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. – William Way
9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. – Ronald Chandler
10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. – Alan Lanning
12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. – Edward Sadler
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. – Steven Winger
Burlington has released the names of the five finalists for city manager.
Two are currently serving in an administrative capacity.
- Edward Sadler as City Manager in Webster City, Iowa.
- Steven Winger as City Administrator in Center Point, Iowa.
Two others recently left their positions in city government.
- Ronald Chandler served as City Manager in Cedar City, Utah until the first of the year.
- Robert Knabel (kuh-NAY-bull) left his post as Collinsville, Illinois City Manager in November.
Burlington is narrowing the field in its search for a new city manager.
The city council met behind closed doors for nearly an hour Monday night to discuss the candidates.
The panel emerged with a list of six finalists.
Interim City Manager Dan Luttenegger says the names of the candidates are expected to be made public later this week.
That would allow time for them to be notified.
Luttenegger says the finalists will visit Burlington on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18.