Lauren Palmer will be resigning as Assistant City Manager for the City of Manhattan effective May 22, 2013. Palmer has accepted the position of City Administrator for the City of Parkville, Missouri.
City Manager Ron R. Fehr said, "Lauren has provided exemplary service and dedication with the City of Manhattan as a member of the City's senior management. She played an instrumental role in working with various agencies and businesses to foster our economic development activities. Her professionalism and dedication will be greatly missed. Our community has been fortunate to have Lauren on our team. She is a rising star in the profession and we wish her and husband Paul the very best as they move closer to their family in Missouri."
Lauren Palmer began employment at the City of Manhattan as Assistant City Manager in January 2008. In her role as Assistant City Manager she coordinated legislative and intergovernmental activities to facilitate interaction between City officials, City management and State/Federal officials/representatives, along with other county, City, and regional government officials. She played a vital part in many community and economic development accomplishments, including the opening of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, coordination of regional jet service to Manhattan Regional Airport and associated funding, the expansion of CivicPlus, and the renewal of the half-cent sales tax. Lauren also served as the City Manager's designated representative to the Riley County Law Board, as Staff liaison to the City/University Committee and several other special projects as needed.
"I cannot begin to adequately express my gratitude for the opportunity of serving the Manhattan community," stated Palmer. "As I reflect on the past five years, I am overwhelmed by the myriad of ways I was challenged and fulfilled in my professional duties. All of my colleagues will be missed; however, I am excited to serve in a chief administrative position at the City of Parkville and moving to this community will also allow my husband and me to fulfill our personal desire to relocate closer to our families."
City Manager Fehr plans on conducting a national search to fill the position.
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