ANDOVER — After the executive session of Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, Andover mayor Ben Lawrence and the members of the city council accepted city administrator Mark Detter’s letter of resignation. Detter, who has been the city administrator for Andover since March 2015 accepted the city manager position in Valdez, Alaska. His final day is set for Sept. 20.
“During his tenure in Andover, Detter played a key role in several major accomplishments for the city including the construction of the $1.8 million Capitol Federal Amphitheater, the $6 million joint effort with Westar Energy to bury two miles of power lines along Andover Road, as well as, $20,000,000 in new subdivision development, including platting and zoning approximately 100 new residential lots, and financing $4,000,000 in infrastructure for new development,” the release stated. “He also negotiated new franchise agreements with electric and gas utilities, oversaw cooperation with local builders to amend building codes and revise building permit fee schedule, and renewed the city’s neighborhood revitalization program to encourage new development in the city.”
“We are sad to see Mark (Detter) go as he has done a great deal for our community during his tenure here. However, we wish him the best of luck as he embarks on this COLD but exciting new journey.” Lawrence commented.
The council approved a contract with current assistant city administrator Jennifer McCausland to assume Detter’s role. McCausland has been the assistant city manager for nine years. She served as the interim city administrator for several months during the search to fill the position the end of 2014-2015.
“It makes perfect sense to appoint Jenni (McCausland) to fill the role of City Administrator.” Lawrence said. “She has the experience and through her tenure here, has shown she is dedicated to this community and this organization. She will be able to transition to this new role with little disruption to operations.”