Wendt said he looks forward to improving the quality of life and livability in the city using the city’s comprehensive plans. “I think I’ve got some unique experience that I can bring to that that’ll be supplemental to already a very high performing organization,” he said.
Wendt and his family are excited to move to the city but said the COVID-19 pandemic presents ongoing challenges. “It’s been here for a while but local governments continue to pivot to meet the needs of their community and I will ensure you that we’ll continue to do that and make adaptations that we need to meet the needs of the community,” he said.
The city manager’s position was vacated in July after Jon Crusey announced his resignation. In August, the city announced they would hire consultant Julie Trick to assist in finding a new city manager. Wendt will start in Vandalia on Feb. 1 and Police Chief Kurt Althouse, serving as the interim-city manager, will return to the police division.
“I appreciate councils confidence in me to allow me to serve as the interim city manager during the transition period and it’s been great to work with all the different department heads and I’m proud to say we have a good team here of employees in the city so everybody has pulled together to work during this transition,” Althouse said.
Althouse said he is excited to work with Wendt in the future. “He seems very energetic, has a lot of great ideas for how to move the city forward and I look forward to working with him in the upcoming years.”