After more than 37 years with the city of Dodge City, city manager Cherise Tieben will retire by July 2020.

Born and raised in Dodge City, Tieben has worked with the city since she was 16.

Tieben is the eighth person to hold the title of city manager and is the first woman to hold the title.

The role of the city manager consists of supervising all the city departments, working directly with the city commissioners, making recommendations and policies, and work with various committees and groups.

Tieben graduated from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City and always has worked with the city in some form.

"My daughter just had our first grandchild," Tieben said. "I would like to be able to spend (time) out there with them."

Upon retiring, Tieben will remain in Dodge City with travels to visit her grandchild across the state.

During her tenure, Tieben was a part of the Long Branch Lagoon, Central Avenue reconstruction, 6th Avenue Extension and STAR bond projects, such as Sutherlands home improvement store and the Warrior Project Biogas facility.

"One of things I am real proud of is the Rural Housing Incentive Districts and the neighborhood revitalization programs," Tieben said. "Getting those worked through and being one of the first communities in the state to do the RHID was a game changer for us in the community, and now they are all over the state being used."

The Warrior Project was a new revenue stream implemented for the city at the South Wastewater Treatment plant, with the revenue generated helping pay down existing debt, go toward deferred maintenance of infrastructure and help fund future capital improvement projects.

"By having the Warrior Project," Tieben said, "we have been able to allocate some of the capital improvement projects to the revenue stream and lower the mill levy, which a lot of communities aren't able to do.

"Cities struggle in trying to find new revenue sources, so we are fortunate in being able to have that opportunity."

For all that has been achieved, there are still some things in the works that Tieben won't be able to see through to fruition.

"I really wanted to get the curbside recycling done," she said. "That is still moving forward, but with the STAR bond projects, we have not been able to get to it at this time."

One thing Tieben will miss the most after her departure is her colleagues.

"I will miss the people and working with the public and help solve problems," she said.

Announcing the retirement a year out will allow the city ample time to go through the selection process in finding the new city manager.

"It is a lengthy process," Tieben said. "The (city) commission has to decide whether they want the person that they select (to be) an assistant city manager somewhere, and they want to have that person work with me for a little bit for the transition.

"If someone comes in who has already been a city manager in another location, then that person could be brought in as I leave."

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