By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
It was a ceremonial “changing of the guards” at Tuesday night’s Yukon City Council meeting.
Incoming City Manager Tammy Kretchmar received the oath of office administered by Municipal Judge George Ramey. Moments earlier, the city council approved an employment contract with Kretchmar to become Yukon’s new city manager.
The contract, effective Jan. 23, calls for Kretchmar to have a $162,000 annual salary plus benefits and a $7,500 annual car allowance.
A City of Yukon employee since 1996, Kretchmar has been Yukon’s assistant city manager since 2010. The city council on Dec. 22, 2020 unanimously selected Kretchmar to succeed Jim Crosby as Yukon’s city manager.
Crosby, who began his municipal government career in 1964, was honored during a retirement dinner before Tuesday night’s city council meeting. He will retire this Friday, Jan. 22 when he turns 80.
Kretchmar was selected among eight applicants to succeed Crosby as Yukon’s city manager. Longtime Yukon Development Services Director Mitchell Hort also was a finalist for the top post.
“It was a very difficult decision because the candidates were so qualified,” Mayor Selby said.
The newly approved city manager employment contract reads, “Kretchmar agrees to perform the functions and duties specified in the Charter and Codes of the City of Yukon and to perform other legally permissible and proper duties and functions and such duties as may be delegated to employee from time to time by City. Kretchmar agrees to devote her full time, attention, and best efforts to the business of the City.”
Kretchmar’s employment as city manager will be “for an indefinite term, subject to annual renewal” by the city council, according to the agreement.
As the highest-ranking Yukon city employee, the city manager’s salary will be “maintained at a minimum of $7,500 above” all other city employees’ salaries and benefits.
Per Yukon City Charter, the city manager is required to live inside Yukon city limits during the tenure of her office. As part of the employment contract with Kretchmar, the City of Yukon will pay Kretchmar’s professional dues for the International City Managers Association, the Oklahoma Municipal League and the City Managers Association of Oklahoma.
Crosby is finishing his second stint as Yukon’s city manager. He was Yukon’s chief city administrator from 1994 to 2011 and then returned to the position in early 2016.
Crosby also has been city manager in Norman and Piedmont and served in administrative positions with the City of Oklahoma City and South Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce.
The Yukon City Council in March 2020 raised Crosby’s annual salary to $162,000.
Read more from Tuesday’s city council meeting in this Saturday’s edition of The Yukon Progress.