After operating without a City Administrator, since the April departure of Ike Holland, the City of Chillicothe's search for a replacement finally has ended.

After operating without a City Administrator, since the April departure of Ike Holland, the City of Chillicothe’s search for a replacement finally has ended. On Monday, July 31, the City Council, after final discussion in executive session, emerged from that session to vote unanimously in open session to hire Darin Chappell to be the next administrator for the city. Holland vacated the position after six years in Chillicothe, for a city administrator role in Willmar, Min., when he departed for that job at the end of April. The official selection of Chappell was the end result of a long process that led to the August 3 signing of Chappell. First, a search committee was established to hunt for a new administrator. Then it was required that every ward select a nominee to the committee. Upon further review of each candidate, the search committee voted unanimously for Chappell to be its recommendation to the council. After receiving the recommendation, it was the Council’s final responsibility to make the official hiring. The four finalists presented to the council were interviewed and received tours of the city. After the council’s turn in the process, it voted – also unanimously –≠– to offer Chappell the position. Mayor Chuck Haney was enthusiastic about the signing. “We’ve done well since we’ve been without a city administrator,” said Haney, “but it’s good to have a city administrator employed, and I think we’re going to hit the ground running.” According to a story in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, Chappell will leave Bolivar, Missouri, after also spending six years as their city administrator, leaving after just recently voted to a contract extension, that would make him the Bolivar City Administrator through the end of 2018. Official announcement of the hiring broke later in the day Wednesday. Constitution-Tribune attempts to reach Chappell for comment were unsuccessful prior to our printing deadline.