City administrator excited to join Monett community
Weiner: ‘I hope to make a difference in the community’
New Monett City Administrator Chris Weiner has been on the job for only a couple of weeks, but he is excited to be in Monett and continue the forward-thinking ideals that are a hallmark of the community.
Weiner, who has served as city manager for Garnett, Kan., and Girard, Kan., and as city clerk and assistant city manager for Cherryvale, Kan., has worked in the field since September 2013, and brings a wealth of experience to Monett.
His various areas of expertise include leadership and team building, economic development, grant writing and monitoring, supervisory techniques, program planning, oral and written presentations, cost-reduction strategies, public policies, policy analysis, budgeting, public relations and fiscal analysis.
Weiner said he is excited about continuing the future-forward-thinking vision of Monett’s leaders.
“I felt like the community was a good fit for my experience,” he said. “The city offers an airport, utilities and a golf course. Those are all in my wheelhouse. Monett is a larger community with a governing body that has given a lot of forethought to growth, the city’s long-term plan. In many respects, the things outlined in the comprehensive plan have already been accomplished. It’s exciting coming to a community that puts time and effort into planning and and then puts that plan into action.”
Weiner and his wife, Brittany, and children, Connor, 9, and Kainsley, 5, are settling into the community and in the process of buying a home.
“We hope to get involved in any way that we can,” he said. “My kids are very excited about the YMCA and it will be a frequent stop for us. My son is also very interested in youth sports, and we will have to see about getting him enrolled.”
As for the future of Monett, there is more to come.
“I anticipate a lot of growth,” Weiner said. “Monett was experiencing [growth] before the pandemic, and I expect that trend to continue. That, in turn, will create a need for additional housing, child care and other services. The big thing is to execute and follow the vision for the city and then continue to build upon that. Currently, the city has trail extensions, the roundabout and the Chapell Drive bridge plans in the works, and those are pretty big, meaty projects.
“I expect to work on growth, those big picture things. That excites me. This is a more pro-active role for me and it’s very satisfying.”
There is one thing Weiner hopes to accomplish as he undertakes his roles as city administrator and community member.
“I hope to make a difference,” he said.
Monett Young Professionals Network is hosting a lunch and learn at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the Monett Park Casino to introduce Weiner to members and other interested individuals. More information may be found under Monett Chamber on Facebook.