Willard hires Young as new city administrator, touts public service


The city of Willard announced the appointment of Wesley Young as the new city administrator in a press release distributed last week.
With an extensive history in public service and a proven track record of effective leadership, Young brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role. As city administrator, Young will oversee the day-to-day operations of the city, working closely with elected officials, department heads, and community stakeholders to advance the city’s goals and priorities.
“I am excited that after just a few months of actively seeking candidates for the position of permanent city administrator, we have successfully located and hired a candidate that meets all of our requirements and then some,” said Mayor Sam Baird. “Mr. Young is just the right person to help Willard maintain the stability we’ve reestablished over the last few months. He’ll keep the city moving forward in a positive direction. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Young’s career in public service spans over 20 years, during which he has held various leadership positions in local government. His expertise in strategic planning, budget management, and community engagement will be invaluable as Willard continues to grow and evolve.
“I am thrilled with the capability that Wesley is going to bring to our community and am looking forward to watching what he does,” said Alderman Casey Biellier. “He has accomplished fantastic things in his prior roles, and I know that Willard is going to benefit from his knowledge and experience, not to mention his leadership ability.”
 “I can’t wait to see where we go following his direction.”
Young holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Arkansas, and he is a member of several professional organizations, including the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and MENSA. He received several meritorious awards while working for the state of Arkansas. He has a strong background in personnel management and efficiency improvements.
Young looks to hit the ground running.
“As I prepare to assume my responsibilities as city administrator, I am inspired by the potential for positive change and meaningful impact that lies ahead,” Young said. “My commitment to excellence and my decades-long passion for public service will guide me in fulfilling my duties and responsibilities to the best of my abilities. I am eager to collaborate with community stakeholders, city staff, and elected officials to address the challenges and opportunities facing Willard and to ensure that it remains a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”


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