Wyoming City Council has appointed an interim city manager to replace long-term leader Lynn Tetley, who recently announced her decision to retire from her post.
Wyoming Police Chief Rusty Herzog has been unanimously appointed acting city manager, effective Nov. 11. Tetley, Wyoming’s city manager since 2011, announced in October that she is taking a job in the private sector, and her last day is Nov. 10.
Mayor Thaddeus Hoffmeister said Herzog will concurrently maintain his position as police chief. The city expects to conduct a formal search for a new city manager in the coming months.
“I am confident Rusty will be able to guide Wyoming during this period of transition,” Hoffmeister said. “We are lucky to have someone with over 25 years of city experience willing to step up and offer his services.”
Herzog has been employed with the City of Wyoming since January 1995, when he was hired as a police officer. He was promoted to police sergeant before being appointed assistant police chief in 2006. He was sworn in as police chief in January 2016.
Over the years, Herzog’s role has grown, allowing him to work closely with many different departments, including managing the city’s technology plan. Herzog holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice from the University of Dayton.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to fill the role of acting city manager,” Herzog said. “I clearly have large shoes to fill, but my goal, with the help of our staff, residents and business owners, is to continue to provide the opportunity for our city to be a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.”
Wyoming’s city manager is appointed by council to carry out policies and provide direct service to the community. The city manager is responsible for administration, enforcement, ordinances and resolutions and has the authority to make all appointments and removals of staff within the city, including the appointment of directors for departments including police, fire and EMS, finance and customer service, community development, public works and water works and recreation.
Details regarding how the formal search will be conducted will be determined by city council in the coming weeks.