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(Neb)-Interviews For New Chadron City Manager Tonight

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/03/2017 09:03 AM
CHADRON - The Chadron City Council meets in special session tonight at 6:00 to publicly interview the two finalists to be city manager and then make its selection between them.

      Jon Holmes, a long-time city and county administrator most recently from Kansas, and Gregory Yanker, a civil engineer from Colorado in the process of relocating to the Hay Springs area, were selected from a pool of 13 original applicants, 7 semifinalists, and 4 interviewees.

      One of them was not one of the top 2 choices of the 4-member search committe. One of the original picks said no, and the committee returned to its point system to choose the other finalist, but mayor and committee member John Coates says all 4 semifinalists were so close that each would have been an excellent finalist.

     Chadron City Clerk Donna Rust has been serving as interim city manager since the retirement of Wayne Anderson in February.

     Yanker has been the lead civil engineer for the Denver suburb of Northglenn for the last 6 years, a position that included both engineering and administrative duties. He was project manager on projects as large as $12-million dollars, worked with the city finance department on budgets and audits, supervised 5 staff engineers, and assisted in contract dispute resolution.

     Yanker spent 7 years in the private sector before joining Northglenn. He was a full-time design engineer for a consulting firm in Colorado Springs when he took the city job, was a design engineer for another Colorado Springs company for 3 years before that, and spent 3 years as a project supervisor for an environmental abatement firm in Aurora.

     Holmes is originally from Laramie and was a finalist in April to be city administrator in Riverton. He's spent the past 6 years in Ottawa, Kansas, the first 3 as city administrator and the last two as county administrator, a position he resigned last October due to a consolidation of positions.

     Before going to Kansas, Holmes served briefly in Nebraska as city administrator for David City and was a management and budget analyst for Laramie for 2 years, a position he took after 16 months as assistant public health emergency response coordinator with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

    A graduate of York College, Holmes has also been an assistant residential manager for commercial investment properties in Lincoln, a campus security supervisor for the Lincoln Public Schools, and a correctional sergeant at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln for 7 years.


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