Great Bend appoints former Wichita city manager as interim manager

The City of Great Bend started plugging in replacements to fill vacancies on the city staff Monday night at City Hall. The Great Bend City Council approved motions to appoint a new fire chief, interim city administrator, and open city council seat.

The council also approved George Kolb as interim city administrator for no longer than six months. Kolb was the city manager in Wichita from 2004 to 2008. Kolb will start October 9 with a salary of $2,100 per week or just over $50,000 for the six months. Great Bend City Attorney Bob Suelter says this will give the new governing body after the elections a chance to select their permanent city administrator before Kolb’s contract ends, a process that may take 2-3 months.

(Read more: Great Bend Post)