New city manager is appointed
Jeffrey Sheridan of Lowell, Indiana hired by the City Council; duties in WC?begin Aug. 26
D. Jeffrey Sheridan was hired as the new city manager of Webster City, following action by the City Council Monday night.
Sheridan is currently the town manager for the town of Lowell, Indiana. He has more than 25 years experience in local government, having served as the town manager in Culver, Indiana and Cumberland, Indiana prior to his position in Lowell.
Callahan Municipal Consultants were hired in March to resume the city manager search, after efforts to find a manager were unsuccessful last year. Former City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez resigned last summer to take a similar position in California. Kent Harfst has been serving as the acting city manager since that time.
There were 22 applicants for the position and last month, council members held initial interviews via Skype with nine of the candidates. Three finalists were interviewed at the end of June.
“We interviewed three candidates and they were three good candidates to choose from,” said Councilman Matt McKinney.
“The process went very smoothly,” said Mayor John Hawkins.
“We should also thank the community members who participated (in the interview process) as well,” McKinney added.
Sheridan will begin his duties in Webster City Aug. 26. His starting salary is $115,000.