Opinion

From the Mayors Desk

Friday, November 16, 2018

As many of you are aware, our City Administrator Sam Kooiker resigned and is heading back to his old stomping grounds in Sheldon.

The purpose of this letter is to keep the citizens of Cherokee informed as to what your Mayor and Council are doing to make sure the City stays on an even keel while we await the new Administrator.

Our plan of action falls within two categories - the interim period and the appointment of a search committee seeking a new Administrator. Regarding the interim period, there will be a shuffling of responsibilities and reporting guidelines. To that end, we are extremely fortunate to have excellent department heads and employees. They know their responsibilities.

In regards to the search committee, I am pleased to announce that our previous Administrator, Don Eikmeier, will assist us in the recruiting process. Don has a vast knowledge of the City of Cherokee and will represent us well. The committee consists of some Council members, Mayor, and legal counsel. Once we have narrowed the viable candidates down to 2 or 3, a few committee members will be added.

The City Council has already approved the recruiting services contract, approved the City Administrator profile and we have already begun advertising for a new Administrator. The cut off date for applications is January 1, 2019 so we are well on our way to finding the best Administrator possible.

It is our goal to have all the patience necessary to select the candidate that fits the ideals, goals, and continued growth that represents the City of Cherokee. We have gained a very positive momentum over the last year with the addition of new businesses and the passing of a $12 million school bond with a vast majority of voters. Rest assured, City Hall will do all that is in its power to enhance that momentum and keep the values that so represent Cherokee.