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Year’s first council session brings new city manager

By: Kathryn Palmer Of The Lincoln News Messenger
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The year’s first Lincoln City Council meeting Tuesday introduced new faces and a new seating arrangement to the Chamber floors. Newly-elected council members Alyssa Silhi and Holly Woods-Andreatta sat their first full public council meeting Tuesday, where they joined in unanimously voting to appoint Jennifer Hanson as Lincoln’s new city manager.

 

Hanson is taking the place of interim City Manager Bob Adams, whose allotted time in the position reached the limit placed by CalPERS. Hanson previously served as Lincoln’s public services director for more than three years. “I want to thank Jennifer for really stepping up for Lincoln during a time when it’s really needed,”  Silhi said.

 

The position has remained open since then City Manager Matt Bower resigned in June 2018. Despite Hanson’s appointment, Councilman Peter Gilbert said the city is still recruiting for the position to explore options for a permanent replacement.

 

However, Woods-Andreatta said she has full confidence in Hanson, and indicated that she wants her to permanently assume the position. “Unless you totally screw up,” Woods-Andreatta said, addressing Hanson, “you already have my vote for permanent city manager.”

 

In other council news, public hearings were held to discuss Ordinance 983B regarding contracts bidding requirements, Ordinance 984B establishing areas of special flood hazard and Resolution 2019-007 approving the Ferrari Pavilion Tentative Parcel Map.