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New assistant city manager named

By Corene Brisendine

Adam Bentley has been named the city’s the new assistant city manager. Bentley will start work here October 14.

City manager Ron Fehr, who announced Bentley’s selection from among four candidates Friday,  cited Bentley’s experience in working in a university town. Bentley has spent the last year as administrative assistant to the city manager in Iowa City, Iowa. He works on legislative issues for Iowa City as well as relations with the University of Iowa. Fehr said he will serve Manhattan in similar capacities.

“The fact that he has that breadth of experience within a university community was a big factor,” Fehr said.

Bentley succeeds Lauren Palmer, who resigned earlier this year to become city administrator in Parkville, Mo.

Beyond directing legislative and intergovernmental activities Fehr said Bentley will serve as the city manager’s designated representative to the Riley County Law Board, staff liaison to the City-University Special Projects Fund Committee and other committees.

He was among four finalists interviewed for the position late last month.

Prior to Bentley’s current position as administrative assistant to the city manager for Iowa City, Iowa, he participated in Wichita’s longstanding Management Fellowship program, a program designed for aspiring local government managers. He also served as College Hill Partnership Coordinator for the University of Northern Iowa President’s Office, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Bentley graduated with a master’s degree in public policy, local and community government from the University of Northern Iowa in May 2010, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Northern Iowa in May 2008. He is involved in the International City/County Management Association’s Emerging Leaders Development Program and ICMA welcome ambassadors.

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