By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
The Yukon City Council has started its search for a new city manager.
Council members met in executive session during Tuesday night’s council meeting to discuss the hiring of a city manager to succeed Jim Crosby.
Crosby announced his retirement – effective Jan. 22, 2021 – during the Sept. 15th city council meeting.
After reconvening in regular session, there was no discussion and no votes were taken.
Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton this week shared 13 points he wants to see in Yukon’s new city manager, saying Crosby’s successor should:
• Strive to have an “open book policy” for city employees and the city council.
• Have an administrative team committed to developing and empowering city employees to be their very best.
• Continuously evaluate technology to help streamline processes and procedures.
• Strive to make Yukon a regional model for city governance.
• Continuously try to improve internal processes and procedures.
• Be good stewards of the public’s money and trust.
• Assist the city council with its policy-making role.
• Always plan ahead, anticipate needs and recognize potential problems; ensuring attention to detail to avoid error or things “slipping through the cracks.”
• Have creative budget recommendations that provide rationale and alternatives for council consideration.
Yukon’s vice mayor also believes the next city manager needs to:
• Have a long-term plan for the next five, 10, and 20 years.
• Practice “collaborative” leadership.
• Recognize “that our residents are our partners.”
• Effectively represent the City’s interests when dealing with other agencies, organizations and cities.
‘FINDING THE BEST MATCH’
Mayor Shelli Selby said she could not discuss specifics of the city manager search, such as whether the council to consider internal and/or external applicants.
“We look forward to looking at candidates and finding the best match for our city,” Selby said.
Having started his municipal government career in 1964, Crosby has served 22 years as Yukon city manager.
He’s also been city manager in Piedmont and Norman and executive vice president of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
Crosby first served as Yukon’s city manager from 1994 to 2011 before first retiring from the position. He later spent about four years in Piedmont before returning to Yukon in early 2016.
City of Yukon leaders also must find a new city attorney after Gary Miller announced he was resigning after nearly four years in the position.
Miller, a retired Canadian County district judge, cited “family health issues.” His resignation is effective Dec. 31.
Miller, in his resignation letter to Yukon city officials, said his family’s “health and well-being must be my priority.”
Mayor Selby said Miller – with his vast experience and knowledge – will be sorely missed.
“I’m sad about Judge Miller resigning also, but I understand,” she said. “He needs to be there for his family.”
Miller was Canadian County’s associate district judge for 15 years and district judge for seven years before retiring in fall 2016. He was appointed Yukon city attorney in January 2017.
Miller first served as Yukon’s city attorney in 1993 before being appointed to the Canadian County bench. He was a private practice attorney from 1978-93.
Crosby earns a $162,000 annual salary as city manager and Miller has a $123,000 annual salary as city attorney.