Kemmerer meets candidates for new city administrator

GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis

Emily Katsimpalis (front left) and Ryan Judd (back left) are candidates for the Kemmerer City Administrator position. They met with residents at the Event Center on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Kemmerer residents had the opportunity to meet with the two candidates for Kemmerer City Administrator at the Events Center on Monday, Dec. 17. The new city employee would replace Andrew Nelson, who resigned in November after working for the city since August of 2016.

Mayor Tony Tomassi told the Gazette that the council would make the final decision at the beginning of 2019.

Emily Katsimpalis is a Colorado native and one of the candidates for the City Administrator position.

“I went to CU Boulder and studied political science and international affairs,” Katsimpalis said. “I also studied abroad in Taiwan, then went to CU Denver for graduate school, where I got my master’s in public administration.”

Katsimpalis worked in Colorado for the City of Salida and the Town of Buena Vista, where she has been the assistant to the town administrator for four years.

“I’ve been to Kemmerer before,” Katsimpalis said. “We had family in the middle of Idaho, so Kemmerer was the halfway point.” 

Katsimpalis said her previous work for cities would be beneficial in the Kemmerer City Administrator position. 

“I’ve lived and worked in a remote, rural community before, so I know what it’s like and what people really need,” Katsimpalis said.

Ryan Judd currently lives in Orem, Utah, and is the other candidate for the city administrator position.

“I’ve worked in a variety of industries, like health insurance, construction work, landscaping and healthcare management,” Judd said.

Judd received his education at LDS Business College and earned a degree in public management.

“I think my skill set would translate well to a city like Kemmerer,” Judd said. “One day you’re helping out on the golf course, and the next day you’re speaking with the police department. I think I’d do well with that kind of variety.” 

Judd said his family once lived in a small community in Montana, and they like the small town environment. The Gazette will feature the new city administrator once the Kemmerer City Council makes a decision on whom to hire for the position.