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City commission names new city manager of Goodland

5/9/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

GOODLAND -- Mayor Annette Fairbanks and city commissioners appointed Gerry Bieker to be Goodland's next city manager. The appointment was announced by the city commission at their regular meeting Monday.

Bieker's career spans more than 20 years in municipal management. As public works director for the city of Colby for six years, he oversaw the operation of all city utilities and was responsible for a $4.5 million budget and 35 employees. He also was an integral part in Colby receiving KRWA's Most Improved Water System Award. He realized similar success as public works director for the city of Paola, where he was instrumental in creating and developing their public works department.

He is leaving his position as city administrator for the city of Chapman, where he fostered economic development, created long-term capital improvement plans, and oversaw all city operations and budget requirements. Bieker is a graduate of the University of Kansas' Certified Public Manager Program. His family includes wife Kim, daughter Sarah, and daughter Jessica Wright and husband Tucker Wright of Manhattan.

After extensive resume screening, reference interviews and background checks, Bieker was selected from more than 40 applicants for the position, and he earned unanimous support from all city commissioners.

Carolyn Armstrong, who was not a candidate for the position, has been serving as interim city manager since Doug Gerber resigned in April to become director of administrative and financial services for the city of Topeka. Bieker will assume his new position on or before July 1.

"I am very excited for the next stage of my career and look forward to working with the city commission, staff and community of Goodland," he said.