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Interim City Administrator

At the City Council meeting last evening the City Council confirmed the Mayor’s appointment of Ashland Fire Chief John Karns as the Interim City Administrator effective December 6, 2016.  Chief Karns has been serving as Acting City Administrator since December 1 following City Administrator, Dave Kanner’s resignation on November 30.

“I am pleased to make this announcement.  John has the skills and experience we need during our transition to a new City Administrator,” said Stromberg.  “His collaborative management style will provide continuity of leadership as we do a national search for a successor City Administrator.

The role of Interim City Administrator is to manage the period of transition: keep current projects moving forward, provide direction and support to staff and to further the work of the City Council.  An Interim helps bridge the gap between outgoing and incoming appointed officials.

“We hope to have a new City Administrator in place sometime next spring.  John will pay a key role in the selection of our new City Administrator and will work with Interim Finance Director Bev Adams on budget preparation for the next biennial cycle.

Karns has a 30-year career of progressive experience in fire services and 15 years in executive management.  He has served as the Ashland Fire Chief since 2009 and previously as the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Beverly Hills, CA.

“I look forward to working with the Council and staff.  I’m eager to get started,” said Karns.
Deputy Fire Chief Dave Shepherd will provide oversight and leadership of Ashland Fire and Rescue during the interim period.

Dave Kanner served as City Administrator for Ashland since February 2012.  

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