By Jackie Nelson
City Administrator John Carder has stepped down after a 15-year stint as one of Hesston’s most influential leaders.
Carder has been a fixture in the Hesston community, working to increase Hesston’s population and business base.
City Administrators Praise Carder’s Wisdom
He said one of the most cherished moments of his city administration career was receiving an award from the Hesston Chamber of Commerce nearly a decade ago.
“One of the most memorable experiences was being recognized by the Hesston Chamber of Commerce as the member of the year in 2004. Since my services are part of my job it is rare for a community to give such an award to a city administrator,” he said.
While Carder was formally recognized for his performance in 2004, fellow city administrators said he has been a reliable source of information and support throughout the years.
Halstead’s J.R. Hatfield leaned on Carder a lot when he became an administrator.
“When I became administrator, it was a position that I had never been in. I was a cop and paramedic and fireman. And John and Jim Heineke and Jaci Reimer were instrumental in being able to help me do my job as an administrator. I could call John at any time and he was always there to help me. I couldn’t have made it without him or any of those people. John was always there; he didn’t laugh at me for a question,” said Hatfield.
Randy Frazer, City Administrator for Moundridge, said he and Carder have established a strong professional relationship throughout the years.
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