Waukesha City Administrator Named Finalist for Missouri City Manager Position
Lori Luther will be interviewing with city next weekend.
Waukesha City Administrator Lori Luther has been named a finalist for the Columbia, MO, city manager position, she confirmed early Friday evening.
Luther will be interviewed for the position next weekend, she said.
Columbia is a city of about 100,000 people and is located closer to her Kansas hometown and her parents.
“It is a beautiful community,” said Luther during a very brief phone conversation.
KOMU in Missouri is reporting that Luther is one of four candidates that were selected from 70 applicants.
Luther e-mailed the Common Council, Mayor Jeff Scrima and department heads Friday about her interview.
"I wanted to personally inform you that I was recruited by a national executive search firm and have been selected as one of four finalists for the Columbia, Missouri City Manager position," Luther said in the e-mail. "While I wholeheartedly enjoy serving the City of Waukesha, and you have my steadfast commitment to continue giving the job my very best, I hope you understand my interest in exploring this opportunity.
"Columbia, (MO), is closer to my hometown in the Kansas City area, where my parents still reside, and this is a chance to advance my career.
"Please know that this will not impact my continued commitment to the betterment of the City of Waukesha and I will keep you informed as the process unfolds."
Luther, who lives in Waukesha with her husband and three sons, is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the city. Her biggest task is to develop a budget each year with the help of the Finance Department.
This past year, Luther introduced a budget that started with a frozen tax rate, meaning city taxes were frozen for the majority of city residents because the city did not re-assess properties in 2010.
Other notable accomplishments in Waukesha are negotiating a wage freeze in the 2010 executive budget and requiring city employees to contribute more toward their health insurance premiums.
Luther began serving as the city of Waukesha administrator in 2008. She previously was the city administrator in Reedsburg and assistant city manager in Overland Park, Kansas.
Luther has a Master of Public Administration from University of Kansas.
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