After the executive session of last night’s, September 10th, City Council Meeting, Mayor Ben
Lawrence and the members of the City Council accepted City Administrator Mark Detter’s letter of
resignation. Detter, who has been the City Administrator for Andover since March of 2015 has
accepted a new challenge, taking the City Manager position in Valdez, AK. His final day will be
During his tenure in Andover, Detter played a key role in several major accomplishments for the
City including the construction of the $1.8 million Capitol Federal Amphitheater®, the $6 million
joint effort with Westar Energy to bury 2 miles of power lines along Andover Road, as well as,
$20,000,000 in new subdivision development, including platting and zoning approximately 100 new
residential lots, and financing $4,000,000 in infrastructure for new development. He also
negotiated new franchise agreements with electric and gas utilities, oversaw cooperation with local
builders to amend building codes and revise building permit fee schedule, and renewed the City’s
neighborhood revitalization program to encourage new development in the City.
“We are sad to see Mark (Detter) go as he has done a great deal for our community during his tenure
here. However, we wish him the best of luck as he embarks on this COLD but exciting new journey.”
Mayor Lawrence commented.
In an effort to ensure continuity for the community, the city staff, and operations, the City
Council also approved a contract with current Assistant City Administrator, Jennifer McCausland to
assume the role of City Administrator. McCausland has been in her role as Assistant City
Administrator for 9 years. She served as the interim City Administrator for several months during
the search to fill the position the end of 2014-2015.
“It makes perfect sense to appoint Jenni (McCausland) to fill the role of City Administrator.” said
Mayor Lawrence. “She has the experience and through her tenure here, has shown she is dedicated to
this community and this organization. She will be able to transition to this new role with little
disruption to operations.”