City administrator hired - IKE HOLLAND

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#1 Jul 28, 2011
Chillicothe, Mo.— With a unanimous vote in Monday’s executive session, the City of Chillicothe hired Ike Holland, of Montrose, Colo., as the new city administrator, effective Monday, Aug. 15.

The motion was made by Councilman Wayne Cunningham and seconded by Councilwoman Pam Jarding. The motion was unanimously passed with a roll call vote.

Holland, who is 51, was born and raised in Coffeyville, Kan., and currently resides in Montrose, Colo., which is only slightly larger than Chillicothe. He has 10 years of experience in local government and 22 years of military service. He has experience in finance and budget control, policy development, public and private utilities, human resources and project management. He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Kansas and his masters in public administration from the University of Colorado.

Holland and his wife Leslie have five children, three sons and two daughters ranging in ages from 12 to 20, with at least two to be enrolled in the Chillicothe School District this fall. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. His family plans to attend St. Columban Catholic Church here in Chillicothe.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Holland.“I look forward to moving there in the next two weeks.”

Holland also stated that he felt his experience would be a benefit to the Chillicothe community almost immediately.

Holland was one of three administrator finalists in an original application list of 51 persons for the position with the city.

The City of Chillicothe has been operating without an administrator since mid April.
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Chillicothe, MO

#2 Jul 28, 2011
Here's the announcement from KCHI website:

City Council Hires City Administrator 7/28/11 6:00am
The City of Chillicothe has a new City Administrator. Ike Holland of Montrose, Colorado will begin his new duties with the City of Chillicothe on August 15th. The Chillicothe City Council finalized the offer Monday night and the contract was signed and returned today.(Wednesday)
Mayor Chuck Haney says Holland has experience in local government.
<Audio: Mayor Haney 1>
Holland is leaving a job as County Emergency Manager in Montrose County Colorado. He has experience in finance, budget control, policy development, public and private utilities, human resources and project management. His education background include a bachelors degree from the University of Kansas and a masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
Haney says there were several things the council like about Holland.
<Audio: Mayor Haney 2>
Holland's contract includes a compensation package with a base salary of $84,000 a year, Health insurance for himself and his dependents, disability and life insurance and a city vehicle.
The City will also pay up to $5,000 in moving expenses and will pay for up to two weeks of interim housing
Dora Webb

Chillicothe, MO

#3 Jul 28, 2011
Montrose is a wonderful town--we have family in the Cedaredge area, and flew into Montrose several years ago. Here's to a successful tenure for Mr. Holland. From the brief resume published, he looks like a well-trained professional, rather than a political hack who had coasted along on Sam Graves' coattails. Welcome to Mr. Holland & his family.
REALLY

Kansas City, MO

#4 Jul 28, 2011
Give it time!
tonights news

Chillicothe, MO

#5 Jul 28, 2011
Looking forward to meeting him. Sounds like he has the professional and educational background.
wtf

Chillicothe, MO

#6 Jul 28, 2011
glad he got a better deal than any other city employee. 84k, dependant insurance paid, city car, every other city employee lost benefits... way to take care of the employees that keep the city going.
Dora Webb

Chillicothe, MO

#7 Jul 28, 2011
wtf wrote:
glad he got a better deal than any other city employee. 84k, dependant insurance paid, city car, every other city employee lost benefits... way to take care of the employees that keep the city going.
This is apples and oranges: we have many fine, committed, hard-working city employees, and i certainly would agree paying them more would be a wonderful thing. However, I don't know the training/experience/credential s/job description of "...every other city employee..." How many have baccalaureate and graduate degrees--especially from real universities (not some fly-by-night diploma mill that advertises on late-night TV)? How many of those( "...every other city
employee[s]...") have twenty years of military experience (we don't know his MOS, but I'm guessing he developed some management and personnel skills), and ten years managing a broad spectrum of local government tasks? I don't know the range of pay for other city administrators in communities of this size, but according to the CT article on 4-25-11, Brookshier's total package at the time he left was $112,246; this compensation package does not seem unreasonable for professionals at this level of training and experience (I'm personally aware of pastors in this community who have had similar compensation for just one congregation of a few hundred people--& I certainly believed those pastors were overpaid, but was outvoted...oh well). There is no information about the compensation package he received in Montrose--he's selling/we're buying...leaving Montrose/beautiful mountains/a cool, dry climate for hot, sticky north Missouri might have taken some sweetening.

I'm all for letting the man settle into his office before slinging any mud--who knows, once he gets here he may be able to find $$ for "...every other city employee..." His credentials are certainly many steps above his predecessor. Let's give him a chance.
Former Mayor Jeff Foli

Sedalia, MO

#8 Jul 28, 2011
Good advise!
Question please

United States

#9 Jul 28, 2011
Is the math for his back around fuzzy? Did he start at age 12 or double count his military time and his county employee time for public service?

He ought to be in charge of getting new hospital and the.money loosing golf course.

No city manager experience, some local attorney will take him by the hand and show him how it is done in Chillicothe.
Dora Webb

Chillicothe, MO

#10 Jul 28, 2011
Question please wrote:
Is the math for his back around fuzzy? Did he start at age 12 or double count his military time and his county employee time for public service?
He ought to be in charge of getting new hospital and the.money loosing golf course.
No city manager experience, some local attorney will take him by the hand and show him how it is done in Chillicothe.
It doesn't specify when he went into the service, but at 51 he could easily have two careers (e.g., enlist at 21, do his twenty & retire from the military; starting a new career at 41 could give him ten years of local government experience).
Dora Webb

Chillicothe, MO

#11 Jul 28, 2011
Question please wrote:
Is the math for his back around fuzzy? Did he start at age 12 or double count his military time and his county employee time for public service?
He ought to be in charge of getting new hospital and the.money loosing golf course.
No city manager experience, some local attorney will take him by the hand and show him how it is done in Chillicothe.
Also...give him a chance--he may not have "...city manager experience," but I would guess his military experience might reduce the likelihood of being a pushover for "...some local attorney..." from out here in the boonies. Fresh blood & a fresh outlook--I'm hopeful he will be able to get past "...how it is done in Chillicothe..." and help create a future (or at least something less dysfunctional as the City moves forward).
don simkins

United States

#12 Jul 28, 2011
Dora,.your math is also weak. He alleges a Masters Degree from college. Military service.and public service. Recheck your figures. He either started at age 12 or double counted his public service time.

Then figure out that he was an emergency service person for the County, not a city manager.

Why would you hire an emergency.services manager for the position of city manager, unless you wanna train him to do things the Chillicothe.way or pay Mr. COWHERD to teach him.
don simkins

United States

#13 Jul 28, 2011
Dora, correct me on any errors you find in facts or arithmetic:
Age listed 51 minus. 11 years public service, minus 22 years military service, minus 4 years for.Bachelors degree at KU, minus 2 years for Masters degree at Colorado resulting in age 12 starting point.

Just a little tutoring for Dora, since she appears to think she has researched things to the point of posting a book on any and everything and has made a personal attack on my integrity.

Go Dora, go, go!
Dora Webb

Chillicothe, MO

#14 Jul 29, 2011
don simkins wrote:
Dora, correct me on any errors you find in facts or arithmetic:
Age listed 51 minus. 11 years public service, minus 22 years military service, minus 4 years for.Bachelors degree at KU, minus 2 years for Masters degree at Colorado resulting in age 12 starting point.
Just a little tutoring for Dora, since she appears to think she has researched things to the point of posting a book on any and everything and has made a personal attack on my integrity.
Go Dora, go, go!
It is unfortunate that people are already making "...a personal attack on [Mr. Holland's] integrity..." by casting aspersions upon his credentials with so little information, before he's even had an opportunity to start the job. None of us have facts, beyond what was in the paper: Mr. Holland is 51 years old, had a twenty-two year military career & a subsequent ten-year civilian career, and has baccalaureate and graduate degrees. There is nothing to indicate his collegiate studies and professional endeavors did not overlap.

I did err in counting only twenty years of military service, rather than twenty-two. I know many who have earned baccalaureate & graduate degrees during military service--education is often a requirement for earning promotion points, depending upon the MOS. I also know many who have earned multiple degrees while holding full-time employment in the civilian world. We have no idea when Mr. Holland's military service began (and he could have combined National Guard or Reserve and active duty), nor when he began his collegiate studies. Hypothetically, he could have enlisted at 19, spent his twenty-two years and retired at 41, spending the past ten years in civilian employment; again, he could have earned his baccalaureate & graduate degrees during either his military or civilian careers.

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#15 Jul 29, 2011
don simkins wrote:
Just a little tutoring for Dora, since she appears to think she has researched things to the point of posting a book on any and everything and has made a personal attack on my integrity.
Don, the irony here is that you feel it necessary to make a personal attack on the integrity of Mr. Holland.
Otto Frederick Rohweddar

Chillicothe, MO

#16 Jul 29, 2011
The advisory committee assembled by Mr. Moore was very strong. I have no doubt they went over each resume with many questions, thoughts, and considerations.

Mr. Simpkins obviously has nothing better to do than conjure up meaningless dribble regarding Chillicothe while he visits every eating establishment in the KC metro. It is Topix nature to throw folks under the bus with no regard to common sense or rational thinking. To accuse the applicant of "alleging" a degree at this level of employment is quite pathetic. Unless Mr. Simpkins was on the hiring committee, or he is attending city council meetings to address his concerns, then he has no leg to stand on.

In my opinion, I find it refreshing to make a hire completely out of the region. He has no "buddies" here to create back room deals. Hopefully, he will have the courage and character to deflect those influences of which he will no doubt be exposed too.
Otto Frederick Rohweddar

Chillicothe, MO

#17 Jul 29, 2011
Pardon me Don, I could have done you the favor of spelling your name right. It should read..Mr. Simkins.
LOL

Chillicothe, MO

#18 Jul 29, 2011
Any of you ever hear of active reserve military service and or online courses. Some of the people in this town are so damn negative. Welcome to Chillicothe Ike!
Mr Who

Leavenworth, KS

#19 Jul 29, 2011
don simkins wrote:
Just a little tutoring for Dora, since she appears to think she has researched things to the point of posting a book on any and everything and has made a personal attack on my integrity.
Mr Simpkins: one must HAVE integrity, before it can be attacked.

To the new City Administrator: Welcome aboard, I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our beautiful town!(in which, Mr Simpkins does not live):)
Dora Webb

Chillicothe, MO

#20 Jul 29, 2011
Mr Who wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr Simpkins: one must HAVE integrity, before it can be attacked.
To the new City Administrator: Welcome aboard, I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our beautiful town!(in which, Mr Simpkins does not live):)
Indeed! Well, said, & more appropriately concise than my response!

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