Extraordinary changes in Sedalia – Sedalia Democrat

Posted: August 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

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Dear Editor:

There are a large number of significant and even dramatic changes occurring in Sedalia. Recently, Linda Christle stepped down as Economic Development Director and was replaced by Jessica Craig. I am leaving the Sedalia City Administrator position and will be replaced on an interim basis by Finance Director Kelvin Shaw. A permanent City Administrator will be named late this year or early next year. Also within City government there have been several recent upper level staff changes. Normally, there is very little movement with all of these positions.

A City foundation, The Sedalia Democrat, was recently sold and the papers format appearance is substantially different and there is a new Editor. After almost 45 years, KDRO Radio recently changed formats from country to talk. Additionally, there is a new morning personality.

Also noteworthy, the ongoing change in Sedalias retail landscape with the addition of large national chain stores. After being in the same location for about 45 years, and after the construction of a fire station a few years ago, a new police station soon will be under construction in downtown Sedalia. All of these changes and some not listed here, seem to bode well for the City. All of the new people coming on board are of the exceptionally high quality usually seen in Sedalia.

Extraordinarily, all these changes are happening at about the same time. Normally, such large shifts are spread out over several years. Philosopher Alan Watts said: The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance. That certainly applies to Sedalia these days.

Gary Edwards

Outgoing City Administrator

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