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The Eudora City Commission has named Mike Press as Interim City Manager.  Press worked for the Johnson County, KS government for nearly 30 years, the last ten as County Manager before retiring in 2009.  Press also served as Interim City Manager for the cities of both Gardner, KS and Edgerton, KS in 2011 and 2012.

“He comes highly recommended,” Commissioner Ruth Hughs said. ” Every place he has been, they thought he was wonderful.”

Press spent his career in Johnson County where he started in 1976 as an EMT and moved through the ranks to reach the counties highest position.

“He brings a lot to the table and has expertise in public safety,” Hughs added. ” With the new Public Safety building currently under construction, his input will be invaluable.”

Press will start as Eudora’s Interim City Manager on Monday, March 4.  He takes over for John Harrenstein who leaves on March 1 for the job of City Administrator in North Mankato, MN.

Press will serve until the city hires a permanent City Manager.  The City has hired Art Davis to serve as a recruitment specialist in the search for a permanent Manager.

Davis has an equally impressive resume.  He served as City Administrator of Lee’s Summit, MO at the height of their growth in the 1990’s and also worked in Lenexa and Dallas, TX city governments.  Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Truman Medical Center,  Harmony/NCCJ, the Kansas City Architectural Foundation, and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for William Jewell College.  Davis has also served as the the head of the KU alumni association of City Managers.

According to Hughs, the City Commission plans to wait until after the April 2 election to conduct the interview process for a new City Manager and hopefully make an offer in late April or early May if a worthy candidate is identified.

“We will search until we get the right fit,” Hughs added.

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John Harrenstein

Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein

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One of the stories that has been circulating around town for a couple of weeks now has been about Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein.

Harrenstein interviewed for and has been offered the City Administrator’s job in North Mankato, MN.  The city is located in the south central portion of Minnesota and is approximately 90 minutes away from Harrenstein’s hometown of Clear Lake, IA.  Harrenstein, during the interview process, talked about how the fact of being close to his family is attractive.

Before someone starts planning a bon voyage party though, the deal is not done yet.  Currently, Harrenstein and the city of North Mankato are still talking.

“We are currently in negotiations and the decision will depend on those negotiations,” Harrenstein told us.

While the sides are negotiating a possible deal, the city of Eudora is somewhat in limbo about its future.

“I have not received anything official about a resignation,” Councilwoman/Commissioner Ruth Hughs stated.  The Council/Commission has not met in session since December 10 which was prior to the time of the interview process Harrenstein was involved in.  The December 24th regularly scheduled meeting for the Council/Commission was cancelled due to the Christmas holiday.

While there is no official resignation with the city of Eudora and no timetable has been laid out by Harrenstein, officials in North Mankato stated at the time of the initial offer that they hoped to have Harrenstein in place by March 1.

“If John accepts the North Mankato position, I would expect the transition to go well for both him and the City of Eudora,” Hughs told us.

“John has served us will and if he chooses to go, he will certainly be missed,” Hughs added.

City officials in North Mankato are scheduled to meet early next week according to Harrenstein about the latest negotiations.

More to follow……

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