Former University Place City Manager Bob Jean has been named interim city administrator in Gillette, Wyo.
Jean served as UP’s city manager from its incorporation in 1995 until his retirement in January.
Jean told the Gillette News-Record after leaving University Place, he worked with a city in Russia as part of an exchange program. The day he returned home, he received a call from a recruiter hired by Gillette.
Gillette is seeking to fill the vacancy left when its former city manager resigned abruptly for personal reasons in mid-September.
Jean will serve as interim city manager until a permanent hire is in place, which could take about six months.
According to the newspaper, Jean knows former Gillette city administrator John Darrington, who took the city administrator job in Richmond, Wash., and worked with Gillette’s former finance director, Dave Layden, in University Place.
Both cities have similar populations of more than 31,000. Gillette is located in the northeastern corner of the nation’s least populous state.
With Jean’s departure, the University Place City Council appointed Steve Sugg as interim city manager. Sugg was Jean’s deputy.
The council appears to be in no rush to find a permanent city manager. The city’s revenues are essentially flat and it needs to save an estimated $4 million by December 2013 to repay bonds used to acquire land for the ongoing Town Center project. Councilman Ken Grassi has said there’s money in next year’s budget in the event the council wants to begin a recruitment process.