NORTH OGDEN -- Ronald Chandler is the new city manager for North Ogden. Chandler has worked in city government for 25 years and lived in North Ogden from 1999 to 2006.
He has served as city manager in La Verkin, South Weber and Cedar City in Utah, and Centreville, Md.
"My family and I loved living here and planned to return some day. The fact that I can live and work here is a great blessing," Chandler said in an email statement.
There were 14 applicants for the position that was vacated in March by Ed Dickie, who left to serve as a city manager in Southern Utah.
Chandler's salary range is between $82,116 and $117,454. He is starting at the bottom of the range. Dickie's salary when he left the city after four years was $90,786.
Chandler started work last week and spent most of his week meeting with the mayor and city council to determine their priorities for North Ogden.
Any changes he makes in the city will be based on their vision, he said. Chandler is aware of some of the controversy the city has faced in the past year and said governments around the country are evaluating services they provide and the way those services are delivered.
The mayor and council are glad to have Chandler on board and plan for him to get right to work on the budget with the city's new finance director. Chandler and his wife, Elizabeth Lemmon, plan to live in North Ogden. They have five children. Chandler said:
"I am very glad to be back in North Ogden, where I can renew old friendships, make new friends and work with an outstanding mayor and terrific city council."