WAVERLY, Iowa --- The Waverly City Council has extended an offer to Iowa native Philip Jones to serve as its next city administrator.
If negotiations are finalized between Jones and the city, his contract may to approved as early as tonight. The Waverly City Council will meet at 7 p.m.
Jones serves as utilities operations manager for Westminster, Colo., a city of 108,000 people. In that capacity, he leads 89 people and oversees an operating budget of $14.7 million and a capital budget of $2.3 million, according to Jones’ application.
“He’s not currently a city administrator but we believe he has the skill set,” Brunkhorst said. “He knows how to manage people.”
The Waverly council unanimously agreed to offer Jones the job after a multi-day interview process that included public and executive session meetings with finalists on Friday and Saturday.
The city hired executive search firm Brimeyer Fursman LLC to help find a replacement for Waverly City Administrator Dick Crayne, who is set to retire Dec. 1.
Brimeyer Fursman received 65 applications. The mayor and city council reviewed materials for 12 semi-finalists and selected five candidates to interview.
Brunkhorst said the selection proved difficult as the search yielded a pool of qualified candidates.
Jones, who completed his undergraduate work in public administration at the University of Northern Iowa, stood out for his people skills, management experience and long-term perspective, Brunkhorst said.
“He is a visionary type person who wants to extend Waverly to be customer-focused and make sure we relate more to our citizens and be more accountable,” Brunkhorst said.
If the city hires Jones, he would likely start in mid-November. That would allow him to shadow Crayne for two weeks.
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