Brent Trout unanimously selected as next Topeka city manager

After months of searching and multiple closed-door meetings, the city of Topeka’s governing body Tuesday approved a contract filling the vacant city manager position.

Brent Trout, city administrator in Mason City, Iowa, will lead day-to-day city operations starting Oct. 30 with a starting salary of $195,000.

The decision, a unanimous vote, came after a less than 30-minute executive session. Councilwomen Elaine Schwartz and Karen Hiller were absent from Tuesday’s meeting, but Mayor Larry Wolgast said both approved of hiring Trout.

Trout’s three-year contract includes a city-owned vehicle, 15 days of vacation and up to $15,000 to cover moving expenses. If temporary housing is needed, the city will pay a one-time supplement of up to $3,000. The contract also stipulates that Trout will maintain a primary residency in Topeka.

“There was a good feeling that developed that he could take us forward, that he could be a leader for the council and where we are as a city,” Wolgast said.

Read more: Topeka Capital-Journal.