There will be a new face in town on Monday, March 30, and it is one residents will become very familiar with. His name is Gary Greer, and he has been hired as the next City Administrator of Gothenburg.
After nearly 30 years of serving the community as City Administrator, Bruce Clymer is retiring. In a special meeting of the Gothenburg City Council on Friday, Feb. 28, unanimous approval was given for a contract naming Gary Greer as Clymer’s replacement. Clymer’s official last day on the job will be June 22, and he will be working with Greer during that interim.
Greer has substantial municipal and private CEO/COO experience. He has worked in city management in four municipalities; Kearney, Manhattan, Kansas, Grand Island, and Farmers Branch, Texas. Greer has a master’s degree in public administration from Kansas University, a political science bachelor’s degree from Park University, and continuing leadership training from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia. He is also an accredited city manager by the International City/County Managers Association.
“My wife and I relocated back to Nebraska from Texas to be close to family. Once we were back in Nebraska, we started looking for a progressive city that had a great quality of life, forward thinking citizens and outstanding city council leadership,” said Greer. “When we visited the city and learned about the ‘Gothenburg Way’ we knew we had found where we should be.”
Greer explained that his previous experience leading, guiding and directing cities has given him effective tools to prepare him for his job here. “I have managed every department currently existing in Gothenburg in multiple cities during my career,” he said. “It is my hope that previous experience will allow me to draw on past successes and failures to address current and future community needs.”
Gothenburg has operated for many years under a mayor and city council form of government. The City Administrator is the administrative head of the city government under the direction and control of the mayor and council. The position provides management, operation and leadership support both inside and outside of the city organization.
“I believe this is accomplished with a citizen focus and commitment to the long-term well-being of those who live, work and play in Gothenburg,” Greer said.
Joining him in Gothenburg will be his college sweetheart and wife of nearly 35 years, Cozy. The couple has three grown children, all of whom live in Nebraska: Haley Gadeken is a 5th grade teacher in Ravenna and lives in Kearney with her husband Steven, and two sons, Grayden, 2 and Macksley, 2 months; Caley Greer lives in Ravenna and is a kindergarten teacher in the Ravenna school district; and Andy Greer lives in Lincoln with his wife Janae and his two children - Asher, 4 and Jayla, 2, and works as a financial advisor for CIO Wealth Strategies.
With the Municipal Office being closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic you won’t be able to swing in and say hi just yet, but please help us welcome the Greer’s to town by giving them a friendly Gothenburg wave if you see them out and about.