By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
The Yukon City Council didn’t have to go far to select a new city manager.
Tammy Kretchmar, a 25-year City of Yukon employee who has been assistant city manager since 2010, has been promoted to the top administrative post.
The council, at a special meeting Dec. 22, voted 5-0 to approve Kretchmar’s hiring as Yukon city manager succeeding Jim Crosby. The decision ended a search process that started in late October.
Mayor Shelli Selby cited Kretchmar’s loyalty and experience after previous city manager Grayson Bottom resigned in late 2015 and she stepped in temporarily until Crosby returned to the position.
“Tammy showed a lot of initiative and leadership,” Selby said. “We believe she has some great new, innovative ideas.
“I’m looking forward to a very smooth transition as we move ahead and continue to make Yukon a great city.”
Crosby will retire effective Jan. 22, 2021 after serving as Yukon’s city manager for nearly 22 years during two separate stints.
Eight people applied for the Yukon city manager position, including two internal City of Yukon candidates.
“It was a very difficult decision because the candidates were so qualified,” Mayor Selby said.
Selby said Kretchmar’s new salary hasn’t been determined as the city attorney “will work on those negotiations”. The council in March raised Crosby’s annual salary to $162,000.
YEARS OF SERVICE
Kretchmar began working for the City of Yukon in 1996. She started with the Yukon Parks & Recreation department before transferring to the administration department the next year.
Kretchmar served as interim city manager for several months in late 2015 and early 2016.
Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott said Kretchmar is well respected among her peers and city employees.
“She’s very fair and very honest, a very hard worker and very organized,” Scott said. “She’s also very personable and approachable.
“Tammy always does the right thing.”
Kretchmar is a member of the International City/County Management Association, City Management Association of Oklahoma and International Council of Shopping Centers, Board of Directors for Canadian County United Way, Integris Foundation Board, and Russell Murray Hospice Board.
In 2017, she earned the prestigious Don Rider Award from the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) for her contributions to her profession and the Yukon community.
There have been three Yukon city managers in the last 30 years – Stan Greil, Bottom and Crosby.
Crosby first served as Yukon’s city manager from 1994 to 2011, then returned to the post in early 2016 when Yukon was facing a financial crisis.
Crosby, who began his municipal government career in 1964, also has been city manager in Norman and Piedmont.