Billings purchasing agent finalist for top post in Cody

2014-07-09T20:15:00Z 2014-07-11T09:49:21Z Billings purchasing agent finalist for top post in CodyBy MIKE FERGUSON mferguson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Liz Kampa-Weatherwax, purchasing agent for the city of Billings, is one of four finalists for the Cody, Wyo., city administrator position.

Kampa-Weatherwax, who celebrated her 13th anniversary as a city employee Wednesday, has been Billings’ purchasing agent for eight years. She was the city’s parking manager for five years before that.

Kampa-Weatherwax and the three other finalists will be in Cody July 20-21 for formal interviews and the chance to meet with city council, city staff and interested residents.

“I’m very excited and nervous at the same time,” she said Wednesday. “It’s the kind of job I have been trying to learn and prepare for, but I’m not sure if you’re ever ready.”

Kampa-Weatherwax said she had shared the news with “a handful of people (employed by the city of Billings) who should not be surprised” by the announcement.

“I am going to make every effort to immerse myself in their budget and organizational structure, determine their financial trends and try from afar to get my arms around the issues they are facing and what they do well,” she said.

“Like Billings, they are very fiscally conservative, and they have some of the same programs in place,” including an equipment replacement program and a capital improvement program.

Kampa-Weatherwax, who’s married and has a daughter ready to enroll in kindergarten in the fall, earned an associate degree at Casper College, a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Montana State University Billings and has completed some of her graduate studies in public relations and public administration at MSUB. She grew up in Casper, Wyo.

The other three finalists for Cody’s top job in city government are Joshua Bake, urban renewal manager for the city of Casper; Barry Cook, general manager of the Joint Powers Water Board in Green River, Wyo.; and Rick Manchester, parks, public facilities and recreation director for the city of Cody.

Whoever the Cody City Council selects will succeed Jenni Rosencranse, who resigned the full-time position this spring after serving as city administrator for three years. Rosencranse has been part-time city administrator for the past six weeks or so and will complete those duties in late July.

Cindy Baker, Cody’s administrative services officer, said the City Council has scheduled an executive session July 22 to make its selection and work up a contract. The offer will probably be made within a week of that meeting, she said.

The salary range for the city administrator is $95,000-$115,000.

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