Topeka Leaders Looking For Another Interim City Manager

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The City of Topeka will not have a new City Manager in place when the interim leaves, the news coming from city leaders Wednesday (5/2).

The Topeka City Manager search is progressing slowly. Officials say Bob Murray and Associates, a Florida-based search firm, is actively recruiting candidates.

"They look at our city, see what type of City Manager would be the type that would be interested in working here, and would serve us best," Deputy Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast said.

The search firm hasn't said just how many candidates have applied for the position. The firm will make a first review of applicants next Monday, then determine a list of finalists to be interviewed by the Topeka City Council sometime in June.

Meanwhile, Wolgast is searching for another interim, to take the reins when Dan Stanley leaves June 1st.

"We're hopeful we can have someone very soon for approximately two to three months, so it is a very short period of time," Wolgast said.

Getting the ball rolling has taken about a year, since former City Manager Norton Bonaparte left Topeka, for a job in Sanford, Florida, last summer.

Wolgast commented on why the search has taken so long. "There was a feeling among the Council that they liked the work Dan Stanley was doing, and so they wanted to have him remain here as long as we could. There was a possibility maybe he would stay, therefore we sort of delayed for a period of time making a decision to move ahead."

City Council members say they hope to have a permanent City Manager seated in August. Stanley says he must leave for family reasons.


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