Cassville hires public works director as new city administrator
September 21, 2016
For the first time since 2012, the City of Cassville will have a city administrator to bring a cohesive approach to city projects and functionality. Current Cassville public works director Steve Walensky was selected by the city council members, and he will be transitioning over to his new role as the city administrator.
Walensky got the call that he would be filling the new position on Monday night after the Cassville’s council went into closed session following the regular monthly meeting. Walensky, who has been the public works director for almost six years, said that he was interested in the position, but it wasn’t until recently that he met the requirements.
He explained, “Before, there was a residency requirement that made me ineligible. I live about a mile outside of the Cassville City limits.” However, the city opted to waive the residency requirement, which made Walensky a prime candidate.
He approached his employees in the public works department about his switch to the new position and was met with positive feedback. He said, “They were all very supportive. I was humbled. Just everyone, all the city staff, the mayor and the council were supportive on this.”
An exact date for Walensky’s transition is to be determined. He said, “I need to put together the requirements for my replacement before we post it.” After the job is posted, Walensky will be able to work with the new director to make sure everything is on track. Since the city has not have an administrator for a number of years, the absence won’t be as noticeable.
He said, “This will allow for a smooth transition.”
He is definitely excited and optimistic regarding the move. There has already been conversations about the opportunities for the city with the position filled again.
Walensky said, “One thing we’ve talked about is a more strategic plan for the city and public works. Right now, we’ve got plans for transportation, sewer and water, but there are other things. We will have a broader perspective to envelope all of these elements.” He said he hopes to focus his efforts on economic development.
With groups like the Cassville Main Street Association and the Chamber of Commerce working to improve both the aesthetic and economic aspects of the city, Walensky will be able to work hand-in-hand with them, as well. He said he already has been working with the Main Street Association on the upcoming street lighting project that is in conjunction with the MoDOT sidewalk replacement.
Walensky said, “We’ll be in a better position to do more positive things for Cassville, and I’m excited for that.”
Walensky hopes to have the public works director position posted relatively soon so candidates can be vetted and decided on.
Walensky lives near Cassville with his wife of 38 years, Cindy. Together, they own the Royal W Resort.