After 14 years, Vandalia’s City Administrator Alan Winders told the Board of Alderman last week at their meeting that he will be leaving his office during the first part of August.
Winders has accepted a Community Planner position with the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments located in Perry, Mo.
In this new position, Winders will be working with any number of Mark Twain Regional Area locations. He will be helping cities and counties in the region to do some goal setting and community planning as well as working on hazardous mitigation plans. He will also be doing some grant writing.
This is a return to the regional planning commission line of work he started his career in many years ago. He later became a City Administrator in both Ottumwa, Iowa and Storm Lake, Iowa.
Winders said he will miss working with the staff for the City of Vandalia.
“I think the thing I’m most proud of is the people I worked with,” Winders added. “The people of the city work so hard to provide the best service possible given limited amounts (of funds.)…I’m very proud to be a part of that group, a very dedicated group. …The people of Vandalia and working with staff on a daily basis are the things I’ll miss most…I’m very proud we worked really hard to keep the cost of services down as tight as we can and still keep good quality service.”
Winders said though he has taken a new position, he and his wife Teresa have no plans of moving away from Vandalia.
“This area is our home and I absolutely will continue to look for ways to serve this area and I don’t plan to be a stranger,” Winders added.
During the Board of Alderman meeting, Winders told those in attendance about his upcoming departure.
It was noted in the meeting that a process needs to be determined for filling the position of City Administrator in order to minimize the time the position is vacant. The goal is to ensure a process is used which helps acquire the best candidate for the position while operating in a fair and legal manner.
Winders said the process can be done in–house through advertising, determining position profile, taking applications, scoring and reviewing, interviewing, selection, negotiation, and hiring. The use of a headhunter is very similar except that they will guide and manage the process.
City Attorney Amy Rost reminded the aldermen that the city has an ordinance showing the city voted to have a government that features a city administrator. The ordinance would need to be changed if the council chose to eliminate the position.
Some discussion was held in regards to what duties and what the exact role is of the city administrator.
After discussion, Alderman Gabe Jennings moved to postpone discussion and the measure was carried unanimously.