by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council appointed Shane Shields as its interim city manager at its meeting Tuesday night. Shields is the city’s finance director and served as the interim a couple of years ago when the city was searching for a city manager.
After 45 minutes in executive session the unanimous vote was taken. The city has had a couple of executive sessions to discuss its direction after deciding to dismiss Roy Eckert about a month ago.
Also Tuesday the city decided to hire the Kansas League of Municipalities to do its search for a city manager at a cost of just over $5,000.
At the last meeting a representative of the league met with the council and told them how they could run the campaign for them. The league will advertise for applications, and then narrow that down for the city. The city will still set the parameters as far as how many to narrow it down to and how long the process will take.
Most likely it will be narrowed to a dozen or so before a few finalists are named.