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Aldermen made right decision in hiring interim administrator

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen made a decision last week to bring in former City Administrator Alan Winders to fill the position in the interim.

The current Audrain County Eastern District Commissioner was approved by a 3-2 “Aye” vote to take over the position until the city hires someone for the role.

Though the board was nearly split on the matter and perhaps some members of the community might question the move, I personally feel this was the best decision the aldermen could make given its current situation.

Aldermen took more than a year to hire its last city administrator, but at that time, they did have an assistant city administrator serving in an interim capacity.

Right now, the city has no budget for the next year approved and didn’t have a current interim city administrator.

Winders is very familiar with the budget process and offers guidance to the position until a new city administrator could be hired.

The city council could have used a third party company called “Interim Solutions” so the city could use a retired city administrator to take over until a new administrator was hired.

Unfortunately, those folks don’t know our town and don’t understand Vandalia’s history and its existing budget process.

While some residents may question this decision, I personally applaud it.

It just makes sense and the city is fortunate to have someone like Winders willing to help out in this interim capacity. He’ll be the first to tell you that his commissioner duties will still have first priority.

In the meantime, he will also be helping out part of the county assisting Vandalia through another transitional process. Lord willing, the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen will get several solid applications to help them fill the city administrator role much quicker this time around.