The hits just keep on coming in Eureka. After an exhaustive nationwide search, Eureka is poised to hire the next City Manager. This position is arguably the most important and influential in city government. It has taken six months. The City has spared no expense. After rigorous vetting, Greg Sparks, former City Manager of West Des Moines, is slated to be given a contract after this next Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.
Examiner staff has to bow their hats to the diligence the city showed when completing the thorough background investigation of Sparks. He is exactly what Eureka wants…..a good ol’ boy who isn’t above giving favors to his cronies. The high levels of Cronyism achieved by decade long City Manager David Tyson is still the gold standard to which the City aspires.
Check out Greg Sparks fine résumé;
Process for Picking West Des Moines Police Chief Criticized. Shaun LaDue, who worked with West Des Moines City Manager Greg Spark in Owatonna, MN, will start work next month as police chief.
UPDATE: West Des Moines Names New Police Chief Now an investigator for an insurance company, the city’s new police chief and its current city manager once worked for the same city.