Eudora hires city administrator

The Eudora City Council voted unanimously Monday to hire John Harrenstein as city administrator.

Harrenstein is a management analyst for Johnson County. His contract is a three-year agreement that will pay him about $78,000 per year.

“It’s a humbling experience and I look forward to working with the community, getting to know them and serving them,” Harrenstein said. “It’s great to be on board.”

The hiring of Harrenstein, 27, ended a search that began in early June following the April 15 resignation of former Administrator Cheryl Beatty.

At the end of July, the city offered the position to the risk manager and a city attorney for the city of Lenexa, Scott Hildebrand, who declined the contract about two weeks later.

Former Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen will continue as interim city administrator until Harrenstein starts Oct. 1.