Beatty to become Clay Center’s first city administrator
Former Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty has accepted a position as city administrator of Clay Center.
Beatty resigned from her position in Eudora April 15. She said newly elected mayor Scott Hopson had enacted policies that were not conducive to a positive working environment.
However, she told the Clay Center Dispatch that Hopson didn’t understand the duties of a city administrator.
“The new mayor had a new philosophy,” she told the Dispatch. “I was to do only economic development, but I’m not trained in economic development, I’m trained in professional administration.”
She applied for the position around February, she said.
“You always leave your options open,” Beatty said. “Knowing that there was a chance that the elections would change the make up of our city government, you start exploring.”
Despite her resignation, she still remains the president of the Eudora Lions Club and will take part in community projects until she moves to Clay Center.
“I still care about this community and it saddens me that I was forced to make a decision that I didn’t want to make,” Beatty said of her resignation.
Beatty had been with the city since 2005 and saw Eudora through a time of catching up infrastructure with growth that had seen the population nearly double before her arrival.
Eudora also became involved in two lawsuits during her tenure — with Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4 because of annexation issues, and Vanum Construction because of issues with the construction of the Eudora Community and Aquatic centers. Neither suit has been resolved.
She will be Clay Center’s first city administrator and likely start at her new job June 1.