With the challenges of not having an approved fiscal budget for the next year while having a vacancy for the city administrator position, Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen made a decision to bring back an experienced administrator for an interim period of time.
Current Eastern District Commissioner Alan Winders, who is also a former longtime city administrator for the City of Vandalia, will serve for the interim while the city continues its search for a full-time administrator.
Winders will be hired at the hourly rate of what previous City Administrator Chase Waggoner earned at $52,500. Waggoner was voted out of his position last month.
During a Special Board Meeting held last Tuesday, the city council first discussed using the company “Interim Solutions” to fill its void on an interim basis.
Alderman John Weiser provided information on the comparison of using either the company or choosing to go with Winders instead.
Alderman Bob Dunn noted that he thought the city should contract “Interim Solutions” at any cost. It was noted that there was a need for a full-time administrator and a need for leadership immediately. In hiring Winders, aldermen Gabe Jennings, Janet Turner, and Weiser voted for Winders. Aldermen Gene Dixon and Dunn voted “Nay.”
If Alderman Doug Bontz was still on the council, he could have either voted “Aye” or a “Nay” vote would have forced a 3-3 split on the decision and Mayor Ralph Kuda would have needed to break the tie.
Winders said he plans to be at City Hall in the late afternoon for “three or so” days a week and for all of one day a week.
He said if folks need to reach him, they can reach out to him through the staff at City Hall.
“It’s a way that I can help out on a very temporary basis,” Winders said.
He noted that his commissioner job comes first and his interim role will work around his prioritized commissioner schedule.