By Lauren Brant
Chad Edwards began his first day as Gordon’s City Manager on Monday. The Gordon City Council appointed him as the new manager at the February council meeting.
Edwards is from Sistersville, W.V., which is a community comparable in size to Gordon. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration, both from Ohio University.
Prior to accepting the position in Gordon, Edwards worked as city recorder for the past two years in Sistersville, and has professional experience in government from the state to local level.
His first trip to Gordon was in late January for the job interview. During his two-day visit, Edwards, along with other applicants, went on a town tour and met with the town department heads. “I was impressed with the town when I came to visit,” said Edwards.
As he begins his role as the city manager, Edwards says his first few weeks will be spent observing how the city operates and beginning the process to keep what works and make improvement where necessary. His goals are to help the town grow in size and economically, as well as learn about zoning regulations. In his previous position, he had to regulate floodplain management, but is eager to learn a different facet of municipalities. He also plans to pick up on the progress of the previous manager, particularly on the GIS system.
Edwards said his management style policy is about interacting with the public and getting to know the community. “Everyone is welcome to come and talk to me,” he said.
He is currently renting, but Edwards and his wife, Lisa hope to move into a house in Gordon within the next few weeks with their cattle dog, Jack Russell and mutt. “I’m looking forward to working for Gordon, Neb.,” said Edwards. “I am very excited about it and I have a very positive feeling about my relationship with this town.”