Archive for Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Eudora hopes to hire former Lawrence city manager on interim basis

Mike Wildgen, a former Lawrence city manager, is in negotiations to become the interim city administrator in Eudora.

May 12, 2009


Mike Wildgen, a former Lawrence city manager, is in negotiations to become the interim city administrator in Eudora.

The Eudora City Council at a meeting Monday night unanimously approved entering into talks with Wildgen, who worked for the city of Lawrence for about 32 years — 16 of those as city manager.

Wildgen currently is interim director of Watkins Community Museum of History in Lawrence, which is a part-time position. He said he would like to retain his position with Watkins.

The council contacted Wildgen after Cheryl Beatty resigned her position as city administrator April 15.

Wildgen said that he likely would accept the position and that the main reason he would be hired is to prepare the city's 2010 budget.

Eudora City Councilman Jeff Peterson agreed that budget concerns were the primary reason Wildgen was chosen but he said there were other issues the council believed Wildgen could provide guidance.

"Clearly, the thing that we really need from an interim is getting through the budget process; that's by far the most important issue," Peterson said. "But we also need some help in the area of personnel issues. So, it was really a more in-depth decision."

Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson said the city would offer Wildgen a contract asking that he serve until the city finds a permanent city administrator.


Bobo Fleming 8 years, 10 months ago

He would be very good. He got a very raw deal from the City of Lawrence and would bring a lot of experience and insite to Eudora

Chris Ogle 8 years, 10 months ago

I wish Wildgen was still City Manager in Lawrence, instead of that "other guy" .... oh yes... his name is Dave.

BigPrune 8 years, 10 months ago

Eudora needs to do the opposite of what Lawrence is doing today. It will become very prosperous and thriving, regardless of the national economy.

Note to Eudora: Do not use KU professors as consultants, and never hire a hippy group to help your planning. Never cave to vocal fringe groups who are in the minority. Lawrence is dying, and when Eudora gets its bypass built to circumvent Lawrence, Lawrence will regress even more.

Bassetlover 8 years, 10 months ago

Congrats to the city leaders in Eudora for having the wisdom to hire Mike! He will do a masterful job. They are lucky to have him!

LA_Ex 8 years, 10 months ago

Mike was a great city manager and really got screwed over by the city. Good luck Mike and hopefully Eudora will treat you better than the City of Lawrence did.

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