Ankeny city council appoints assistant city manager as interim city manager to ensure smooth management transition
ANKENY, Iowa (May 22, 2012) - At a meeting last night and by unanimous vote, the Ankeny City Council appointed Assistant City Manager Jim Spradling as interim city manager for the City of Ankeny. Spradling will lead the City following the retirement of City Manager Carl Metzger effective June 30, 2012. Metzger's retirement was announced last month following more than 27 years of service as city manager and more than 37 years in local government management.
Mayor Steve Van Oort said, "We are extremely fortunate to have someone with the experience and knowledge of municipal government help lead our organization and manage the functions of our City. I feel confident that his leadership will help ensure a smooth transition for our City and enable Ankeny to continue as an outstanding example of local government management."
City Council members echoed the Mayor's comments, voicing their support for this appointment.
"Jim is an intelligent and perceptive man with a strong work ethic," said Councilman Mark Holm. "I am confident he will do an excellent job in this very demanding role."
Councilman Wade Steenhoek said, "Jim is innovative with an extensive knowledge of public administration and the council-manager form of government. The city organization and Ankeny citizens are in good hands."
Spradling has been assistant city manager in Ankeny for over 16 years overseeing public safety services, administrative services and organizational development and will continue in that role in addition to his new responsibilities. He possesses a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa with over 35 years in municipal government management.
The two-year contract provides Spradling an additional $2,000 in monthly compensation until a permanent city manager is hired. At that time,he will remain as assistant city manager.
"I want to help assure a smooth transition for City administration," said Spradling adding, "I look forward to helping the city council achieve their policy goals."
Spradling will become interim city manager on July 1, 2012.