Heading to Minnesota
April 21 Last Day as Chillicothe City Administrator
Catherine Stortz Ripley (C-T)
February 23, 2017
Chillicothe City Administrator Ike Holland is resigning from the position
he has held for the last six years and heading to Willmar,
Minnesota, a city of nearly 20,000 citizens, where he has been hired as city
administrator. Holland told the Constitution-Tribune Wednesday morning that he was contacted earlier in the day by the mayor of Willmar
and formally accepted the position. Holland sent his letter of resignation
to Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney and the Chillicothe City Council Wednesday morning. Per his contract with the city of Chillicothe, Holland
must give the city a 60-day notice before leaving. His last day of
employment with Chillicothe is April 21.
Stortz Ripley (C-T Photo)
Holland and his family moved to Chillicothe in 2011. His wife, Leslie, is
an administrative assistant at Bishop Hogan Memorial School. Their
two youngest sons and a daughter attended Chillicothe Middle School and
Chillicothe High School. Their daughter will graduate from CHS this
spring. "I'm very thankful for the opportunities we've had since
2011," Holland said. "The community and St. Columban Church have been terrific with the support they have given
my children and my wife. We will miss that most of all."
Significant projects have taken place during his time as city
administrator. The new $41 million hospital was constructed and opened,
the aquatic center was renovated to become Chilli Bay Water Park, a fire
training center was constructed and a new hangar currently is being
constructed to accommodate the relocation of the LifeFlight air ambulance
helicopter from Trenton to Chillicothe. "A lot has been accomplished in six years and the mayor and
council should be proud about that," Holland said. He also recognized those who are employed by
the city. "The employees and department heads are the some of
the best I have worked with," Holland stated.
Holland's first day will be April 25. According to the approved and
signed contract, Holland will make $126,400 per year and the city will
contribute to the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association or an
alternate pension plan selected by Holland. The West Central Tribune
in Willmar reported that the City Council there unanimously approved
Holland's contract Tuesday evening. Holland was the city council and
city staff's favorite candidate out of 45 applicants and rose to the
top after an interview last week. The Hollands' two youngest children will be attending
college at the University of Minnesota - Morris. Holland's current annual salary in Chillicothe is
$103,147. He also receives a car allowance and full city benefits.
Mayor Chuck Haney was complimentary of
Holland's performance as city administrator. "It was an honor for me to
work with a man like Ike Holland as city administrator," Haney told the C-T.
"He was very sharp, intelligent and innovative. Some of these skills show up
in some of the accomplishments that were made in the five to six years
since his arrival." Haney stated that he is now in the process
of formulating a search committee to assist in the recruitment of a new
city administrator. He is making a recommendation to the council that the
city immediately begins advertising for the position. "We would
like to get someone in here to spend some time with Ike before he
leaves," Haney said.
August 3, 2017 - On Monday, July 31,
2017, the City Council, after final discussion in executive session,
emerged from that session to vote unanimously in open session to hire Darin Chappell to be the next administrator
for the city. The official selection of Chappell was the end result of a long process that led to the August 3 signing of Chappell.
Chappell will leave Bolivar, Missouri, after also spending six years as their city administrator.
July 25, 2017 - The Chillicothe City Council has authorized Mayor Chuck Haney to enter into contract
negotiations with one of the city administrator finalists; however,
no names will be released at this time. The latest result became available following a special executive session Saturday at which time the two finalists from an original
field of 23 were interviewed by the city council. The two finalists had previously been interview by the search
committee that had been appointed by the mayor. Once negotiations are a complete,
a contract will be presented to the city council for approval. Once the contract is signed,
it will then be released to the media.
July 20, 2017 - Chillicothe City Council members met in executive session Tuesday evening,
July 18, to discuss the city administrator applicants who have been placed on the final list for consideration.
The council met with representatives of the administrator search committee and decided to interview the top two candidates this
Saturday. The search committee members interviewed what they considered the top four candidates over the course
of two previous weekends and presented a ranked list to the council on Tuesday.
Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney said that it is hoped that an announcement of the
council's final selection will be announced shortly Saturday's interviews.
There were 12 candidates who responded to the first call for applications; and 23 in the second call.
July 3, 2017 - The candidate pool has been narrowed from 23 to four. That decision was unanimous among the six-member search committee appointed by Mayor Chuck Haney following the resignation of Ike Holland in late March. The committee is checking references and are hopeful that they can start bringing in the finalists for
interviews and a tour of the city soon.
June 21, 2017 - Two dozen people submitted their resumes for the Chillicothe City Administrator position by
the 5 p.m. Monday deadline. The next step is for the selection committee members to review the resumes and meet
sometime next week to select the top applicants for the position.
"Following the meeting, we hope that we can bring the final three or four in for interviews and a tour of the
city," said Mayor Chuck Haney. "Hopefully, we can have someone on the job mid- to late
August." The mayor noted that most city administrator contracts include a clause
that requires giving a 30- to 40-day notice before leaving. This is
the second round of searches for the city. "We are really pleased, overall, that we got 24
applications," Haney stated. The first search - which was mostly advertised
through the Missouri Municipal League and the International City Managers Association
- had 12 individuals responding. Although the top applicants were considered, none were interviewed,
and the city opted to advertise the position again through MML and expand its search in states surrounding Missouri. The mayor stated that the city
advertised twice in the last two city administrator searches - when Dean Brookshier and, subsequently, Ike Holland
were hired. "An experienced administrator who knows the state of Missouri well is our initial
interest," Haney said.
March 13, 2017, Council Meeting Excerpt: Chillicothe City Council members approved the
mayor's recommendation to establish a search committee to assist
in the selection process for the next city administrator. The committee is being formed following the resignation of Ike
Holland, who accepted a city administrator position in Minnesota. Each councilman recommended one individual
from his ward to serve on the committee, and those recommendations were forwarded to Mayor Chuck Haney to
present the full slate during Monday night's City Council meeting. The committee, as approved unanimously by the
council, consists of: Tom Ashbrook (1st Ward), David May (2nd Ward), Dave Rogers (3rd Ward), and Don Ratliff
(4thWard). The committee will begin meeting after April 3, the deadline for submitting resumes. The city is
advertising for a city administrator appointed by the mayor and five-member council. The successful candidate should
have a bachelor's degree in public/municipal administration or related field with 3-5 years experience, a
master's degree preferred. Residency is required. Salary is negotiable, based on qualifications.