(Gillette, Wyo.) The City of Gillette has announced two candidates, Thomas Johnson and Anthony Tolstedt, who could potentially fill the city administrator position that has been vacant since the departure of Carter Napier last June.
The role is an important one, as a city administrator is in charge of overseeing day to day operations within the City of Gillette. The position receives a salary anywhere from $107,518 to $150,629.
The position of city administrator is not a typical Monday through Friday, eight to five, job. A city administrator could potentially be working seven days a week “taking care of things,” said Geno Palazzari, communications manager with the City of Gillette.
Johnson is currently serving as county administrator in Minnesota for Nobles County and has held that position since 2013. Prior to that position, Johnson has held a number of other public management positions in Colorado and Minnesota, such as Director of Public Works and Facilities Manager.
Tolstedt is the city administrator for Douglas, Wyo., and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado. Prior to his current position, Tolstedt was the city administrator in Broken Bow, Nebraska.
The void created when Napier left the city of Gillette to take a city manager position in Casper has resulted in some confusion and difficulty, especially for the City Attorney’s office, said Palazzari.
Currently, the city administrator position is being temporarily filled by City Attorney Patrick Davidson.
Anthony Reyes, assistant city attorney, has taken on Davidson’s duties as city attorney.
If a suitable candidate is chosen to take Napier’s place, then everything will return to normal day to day operations.
Johnson and Tostedt will be undergoing their interviews with the City Council tomorrow morning.