City Commision finalizes McAnarney promotion to city manager

Emporia city commissioners finished an agreement promoting Mark McAnarney to city manager during their action meeting Wednesday.

McAnarney has been a fixture of Emporia city government for over 20 years, serving as assistant city manager first under Steve Commons and later under Matt Zimmerman. It was Zimmerman's departure for Hazelwood, Mo., last fall that eventually paved the way for McAnarney to be hired as city manager, although he initially was reluctant to put himself in consideration for the job.

McAnarney served as interim city manager when city commissioners searched for Commons' replacement nearly seven years ago and again following Zimmerman's departure.

City commissioners have said McAnarney's experience locally made him a natural fit for the post, and they echoed those sentiments Wednesday. They decided two weeks ago to renounce a contract with a Kansas City search firm and hire McAnarney, trimming as much as four months off their initial timeline to replace Zimmerman.

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McAnarney's contract terms are identical to Zimmerman's when he resigned: a salary of $123,000 with a car and cell phone allowance.

In other business Wednesday, commissioners:

*Approved the annual agreement between the city and the Kansas Department of Transportation for the Konnecting Link street rehabilitation program.
*Approved a private water service line for the 1700 block of Yucca Lane.
*Approved a beer garden at Town Royal on St. Patrick's Day.

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