By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Interested applicants for the Yukon city manager position face a Nov. 6 deadline to submit their resumes and videos.
The Yukon City Council met in executive session Oct. 20 to discuss the hiring of a city manager to replace Jim Crosby and a city attorney to replace Gary Miller.
Crosby is retiring effective Jan. 22, 2021 after serving as Yukon’s city manager for nearly 22 years during two separate stints. Miller will retire Dec. 31 after more than four years as Yukon city attorney.
The city manager opening has been posted on the City of Yukon website.
With Crosby’s pending departure, the job posting states that Yukon city officials are “looking for a highly motivated city manager” who will “continue on with the city’s progress” and has a “forward thinking vision.”
Candidates for Yukon’s top city administrative position are asked to answer questions in a video recording to be submitted as part of his or her application:
- Introduce yourself and give us an idea of your work and life experience and why you are the best choice for the city manager of Yukon, Oklahoma.
- Explain why you believe the city manager position in Yukon, Oklahoma, is a good fit for you. What do you find attractive about the opportunity and community?
- Describe your biggest challenge during your professional career and how you handled the situation. What did you learn from the experience, both positive and negative?
- Describe your management style and how you will implement your style in Yukon.
- Describe your experience with capital improvement projects, bonding finance, budgeting, human resources, and police and fire union negotiations.
IT TAKES EXPERIENCE
Interested candidates must have at least 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal government to be eligible.
A bachelor’s degree in public administration, government, management, or related field is preferred.
Applicants for Yukon city manager should submit their resume with salary history, and CD/DVD video recording of themselves answering the five questions. Information should be received by noon Friday, Nov. 6.
Information should be sent to: City of Yukon, Mayor Shelli Selby c/o Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 850500, Yukon, OK 73085-0500.
The position will remain open until a new city manager has been hired.
Yukon’s city manager must live in Yukon while in office, according to the Yukon city charter.
“The city manager shall be chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch of the city government,” the charter reads. “He shall execute the laws and ordinances and administer the government of the city and shall be responsible therefore to the council.”
Several longtime Yukon city officials have been mentioned as possible candidates the city council could consider – including Assistant City Manager Tammy Kretchmar, Development Services Director Mitchell Hort and Police Chief John Corn.
The Yukon City Council hires three positions – city manager, city attorney and municipal judge.