City selects new Administrator

Newly selected City Administrator Hyun Kim introduces himself to the Gillette City Council during their pre meeting June 15

The City of Gillette announced Wednesday morning that Hyun Kim has been chosen as the next City Administrator.

Kim was selected from among three candidates that were interviewed earlier this month and will officially assume the role of city administrator on Sept. 1, the city said June 30.

“We are very pleased to welcome Hyun Kim to the City of Gillette,” Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King said in a statement. “His experience as a municipal administrator and familiarity with Wyoming government made him a top candidate.”

In total, Kim has more than nine years of experience working in Wyoming in both the private and public sectors.

“I owe my career to Wyoming,” Kim said June 15 during a City Council pre-meeting. He first came to Wyoming in 2018 to work in banking while serving Teton, Sublette, and Uinta counties.

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Kim’s first public administrative role came about in Pinedale, where he worked as the community development director before moving on to become the Town Administrator in Afton and eventually on to serve as the City Administrator in Fife, Washington.

He has both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in public administration in addition to a master’s degree in business administration.

“I would like to thank the amazing staff at the City for continuing to provide excellent services to our residents while we searched for a new administrator,” Carter-King said. “Utilities Director Mike Cole and Public Works Director Sawley Wilde shared interim duties during this process and they both performed admirably in that role.”

Kim replaces former city administrator Patrick Davidson whose employment with the City of Gillette ended abruptly in February this year and was announced in a two-sentence press release. Davidson had served as city administrator since 2017 after the resignation of former city administrator Carter Napier.

The city has repeatedly declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the end of Davidson’s employment.