New city manager on the job in Riverton
May 30, 2018 12:19PM
● By Mariden Williams
Konrad Hildebrandt comes to Riverton with 18 years of city management experience. (Riverton City Communications)
By Mariden Williams | [email protected]
After nearly a year, Riverton has a new city manager: Konrad Hildebrandt, who comes to Riverton with 18 years of experience as a city manager or assistant city manager and 30 total years in the public sector.
Hildebrandt most recently worked as an assistant city manager in Odessa, Texas, and has previously worked as a city manager in both Cedar Hills and Washington Terrace, Utah.
“My family and I feel extremely honored to be here in Riverton,” said Hildebrandt in an official Riverton press release. “I look forward to working jointly with elected officials, staff and residents to make Riverton an even greater and more vibrant city where people can live, work and play.”
Riverton City operates under a six-member council form of government. The council consists of a mayor and five council members, who have delegated the operational day-to-day responsibilities of managing the city to a professional, full-time city manager.
“We’re thrilled to have Konrad on board as the new city manager,” said Mayor Trent Staggs. “His experience in city management will serve us well as we seek to continually improve the quality of life for Riverton residents. His approach and experience align well with our city’s goals, and I look forward to seeing him help our city strive for operational excellence.”
Hildebrandt holds a master of public administration degree with an emphasis in local government and facility management, in addition to a bachelor degree in business management and a minor in international business and Portuguese, all from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. He and his wife, DeAnna, have five children and two grandchildren.
The city has been without a formal manager since June 2017, following the retirement of former city manager Lance Blackwood. The selection process has seen numerous delays. This was chiefly a matter of democratic fairness; with two council seats up for election in November 2017, the Riverton City Council elected in July 2017 to not even open applications until January 2018, so that new councilmembers would have a say in the selection process. In the time since then, City Attorney Ryan Carter has acted as the interim city manager, to the general approval of the city council.
Hildebrandt began his administrative duties April 30 and was selected out of a pool of more than 100 applicants.