Following an executive session at their meeting Monday evening, the El Dorado City Commission approved a contract for a new city manager.

They approved, 5-0, a contract with David Dillner.

“We have had several months worth of work with a professional search firm to find a city manager for the city of El Dorado and I’m pleased to announce we will be entering into an agreement with David Dillner, who will come to us from Abilene,” said Mayor Vince Haines.

This decision comes after a four-month search process involving 20 candidates.

Haines stated that “Dillner's experience and career path as a city manager will allow him to hit the ground running in El Dorado. His excitement for and knowledge of our community is contagious. He has experience with diverse partnerships and has been involved with large economic development projects. More importantly, I believe he is a good fit for El Dorado. The City Commission is excited to welcome David and his family to our community.”

Dillner received his Master’s degree from the University of Kansas in public administration. He has served as an assistant city manager in Winchester, Va., and then as city administrator for the City of Edgerton, Kan., before moving to Abilene and serving as the city manager there for five years. He is an International City Manager’s Association Credential Manager and a member of the Kansas Association of City/County Managers. He volunteers his time as treasurer for the Kansas Municipal Insurance Trust, Rotary International and the National Eagle Scout Association.

Dillner has been married to his wife Jennifer for 12 years. She is a fifth grade special education teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Abilene. They have three boys; twins Thomas and Michael who are 10 and Ethan who is 6. In addition to spending time with his wife and children, Dillner enjoys reading, mostly nonfiction, and participating in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and golfing.

When Dillner was offered the position, he stated, “I feel very blessed and humbled to have been selected by the City Commission to serve the citizens of El Dorado as city manager. The opportunity to live in El Dorado excites my family and me, and we are very impressed with the quality of life that is unmatched by any community throughout Kansas. You can tell from observation and in talking to people that the community takes great pride in itself.”

It is anticipated that Dillner will begin with the City of El Dorado on March 6.