With sorrow and reluctance, the Chadron City Council Monday night accepted the resignation after 3-½ years of City Manager Greg Yanker.
The resignation is effective at the end of the month.
Yanker is by training an engineer and said he’s going back to that field.
While not going into details about his new opportunity, Yanker says it is local and that he and his family will continue to live on his wife’s family ranch between Chadron and Hay Springs.
Yanker was working for a Denver-area firm with no experience in public administration when he was hired in the summer of 2017. He says he’s incredibly grateful for the opportunity the city council gave him to explore a new profession.
Yanker said he also appreciated the strong support and cooperation he’s received from city staff during a time of tight budgets.
Councilman Miles Bannan, mayor the past 2 years, praised Yanker last night saying his background and expertise was just what Chadron needed at the time. New Mayor Mark Werner agreed and cited the easier to read and understand budget used by Yanker.
Councilman Keith Crofutt drew laughter when he said Yanker had exceeded his expectations – then tried to explain what he meant – and council member Cheryl Welch praised Yanker’s work in team building with the council, staff, and community.
The council took no action on preparing to search for a successor to Yanker or on an interim replacement. City Clerk Donna Rust doubled as interim city manager in the 6 months between the resignation of Wayne Anderson and Yanker’s hiring