Monday, September 22, 2014

City taps interim public works leader

By The Herald Staff | 4/7/2014

A veteran city manager and municipal services director will step into the interim public works director role for the City of Ottawa.

Bill Ramsey is set to begin his duties with the city today, Richard Nienstedt, city manager, said. Ramsey will oversee the public works operations while the city searches for Andy Haney’s successor. Haney retired as public works director in March.

A veteran city manager and municipal services director will step into the interim public works director role for the City of Ottawa.

Bill Ramsey is set to begin his duties with the city today, Richard Nienstedt, city manager, said. Ramsey will oversee the public works operations while the city searches for Andy Haney’s successor. Haney retired as public works director in March.

Ramsey was a city manager for the cities of Herington, Kan., and Centralia, Ill., before becoming municipal services director for the City of Olathe and was responsible for overseeing a variety of areas, including engineering, stormwater, streets, solid waste, water, waste water, fleet maintenance and parks.

He also has served as a management consultant for the engineering firm Bucher, Willis and Ratliff and has conducted management operation studies for a number of communities, including Lawrence, Manhattan and Derby in Kansas and cities in several other states, according to his resume.

“Bill has served in the private sector, as a city manager early in his career and retiring as a public works director in the [Kansas City] metro area,” Nienstedt said. “Bill will serve part-time for an initial period of 90 days as we search for a replacement. Bill is not a candidate for the public works position.”

Ramsey, a Leawood resident, has served on the City of Leawood’s planning commission, as vice chair of the Kansas River Basin Advisory Committee, Kansas Humanities Council board of directors and belongs to several professional associations, according to his resume.

Ramsey has a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Kansas, according to his resume. He served as president of the Emporia State University Alumni Association.

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