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Topeka, Kansas, July 14, 2017– The city of Topeka is considering five candidates for the city manager position that has been vacant since October. Doug Gerber, formerly the deputy city manager, is currently serving as Topeka's interim city manager. The candidates will be in Topeka for interviews on July 21st and July 22nd.

Strategic Government Resources (SGR), a local government executive search firm based in Keller, Texas, was selected to conduct the nationwide city manager search. SGR's recruitment and vetting process produced an impressive field of candidates, with the city receiving 28 applications from candidates in 17 states.


The finalists are:

Brent Trout has 25 years of city administration experience and currently serves as the city administrator and city clerk for the city of Mason City, Iowa, a position he has held since 2007. He previously served as city administrator and city clerk for the cities of Boone, Eagle Grove, and Bancroft, Iowa. He has also served in the Iowa Army National Guard, with over 29 years of service, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2015. Trout earned a master's and bachelor's degree in public administration from Drake University and is an ICMA credential manager.

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David Hales has 37 years of local government experience, with almost 30 years in city management. He currently serves as the city manager for the city of Bloomington, Illinois. He previously served as director of finance and administrative services for the city of West Jordan, Utah, and the city manager for the cities of Bend, Oregon, Kannapolis, North Carolina, and Centerville, Utah. Hales earned a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Utah. He is an ICMA credentialed manager.

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Doug Gerber has 20 years of local government experience and has served as Topeka's interim city manager since October. He joined the city in 2014 and has served as deputy city manager since September 2015, having previously served as the city's interim director of utilities, interim public works director, and director of administrative and financial services. He also served as city manager for the city of Goodland, Kansas, city administrator for the city of Beloit, Kansas, and assistant city manager for the city of Salina, Kansas. Gerber attended Kansas State University where he earned a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in political science.

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Jason Gage has over 20 years of local government management experience and currently serves as the city manager for the city of Salina, Kansas, a position he has held since 2007. He previously served as Salina's assistant city manager. He has also served as the city manager for the cities of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and De Soto, Missouri. Gage earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in political science from Missouri Southern State College. He is an ICMA credentialed manager.

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Jeffrey Dingman has over 20 years of local government experience and currently serves as the deputy city administrator for the city of Fort Smith Arkansas. He previously served as city administrator for the city of Baldwin City, Kansas, assistant county administrator for Sebastian County, Arkansas, and administrative aide to the city manager for the city of University Park, Texas. Dingman earned a juris doctorate and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Baker University. He is an ICMA credentialed manager.

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A community reception will be held on Friday, July 21st from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison Street, Topeka, KS where members of the community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates.

 

Contact: Jacque Russell, Director of Human Resources

785-368-3867

jrussell@topeka.org 


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