Sadler resigns position with city

Ed Sadler, City Manager of Webster City has accepted a position as the Sidney, Nebraska city manager.

Sadler’s contract was approved Tuesday night. Sadler was one of three finalists for the job. Sadler had been openly searching for a new position. Sadler has been in Webster City for almost ten years.

Sadler said he’s excited about the new position, which will take he and his wife, Rochelle, closer to their grandchildren.

Reflecting on his time in Webster City, Sadler said he’s most proud of bouncing back after the closing of Electrolux.

“I think it’s the financial stability we have, you know, in light of Electrolux leaving town,”?he said. “That was a big financial impact to this city and we maintained our solvency. We’ve still been able to address our infrastructure needs with roads, and water plant, and some other things.”

“That was a tough time and I think the departments pitched in really nicely in some trying times. We weathered it fairly well,” said Sadler.

According to Webster City Mayor John Hawkins, the process to find a new city manager will soon begin. In fact, the City Council will address the matter on Monday at its regular meeting. Hawkins said the council will look for a skilled search organization to help in finding a new city manager.

Hawkins said that the process could take up to nine months and he is looking for a candidate with experience in “small-town America.”

Sadler’s last official day in Webster City is March 11. He’s unsure of his official start date in Sidney as he is still looking for housing. Sadler said he hopes to be settled in Sidney within the next 45 days.

His salary will be $113,000 a year with a $300 per month auto allowance.

“We wish him all the best,” stated Hawkins, “Sidney looks like a dynamic town.”

According to Sidney Mayor Mark Neinhueser in an interview with the Sidney Sun-Telegraph, he is excited to welcome Sadler to town.

“Mr. Sadler has more than 30 years of governmental experience and we believe his energy, deep experience and commitment to the professional management of our city will be a great asset to our citizens, business owners, and other stakeholders. He has a proven track record in economic development, fiscal responsibility, and managing high-quality projects. We are excited to have Mr. Sadler join and lead our city staff,” he said in the article.