Chillicothe City Administrator Ike Holland has been offered the city administrator’s post in Willmar, Minn., a city approximately twice as large as Chillicothe.
Chillicothe City Administrator Ike Holland has been offered the city administrator’s post in Willmar, Minn., a city approximately twice as large as Chillicothe. Holland was unable to be reached by telephone on Monday, due to City Hall being closed in observance of Presidents’ Day; however, the C-T learned that the employment offer was made. Mayor Chuck Haney confirmed to the C-T that he was aware the employment offer was made, but said that neither he nor City Council members received a letter of resignation from Holland as of Monday afternoon. The West Central Tribune newspaper of Willmar reported that the Willmar City Council voted unanimously Thursday to offer the position to Holland. He was chosen after the Willmar City Council interviewed three finalists for the job. The next steps will be for the Willmar hiring committee to begin contract negotiations with Holland, if he accepts the position, the newspaper reported. It also stated that Holland was a finalist for the city administrator position in Baxter, Minn. Baxter has scheduled final interviews for March, the newspaper reported. Holland became Chillicothe’s city administrator in August 2011, coming from Montrose County, Colo., where he served as county assistant manager and county emergency manager. His professional background also includes military service and local government leadership positions in Kansas and Colorado. The West Central Tribune reported that Holland’s resume stated that he and his wife have family and friends living in Minnesota and that two of his children will be attending college at University of Minnesota–Morris.