Leavenworth city administrator will step down at the end of January

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Leavenworth city administrator Joel Walinski says he will be leaving his post at the end of January to tend to out-of-state family issues.

Walinski said he has been dealing for some time with personal matters out of state and traveling back and forth from Leavenworth.

“To do a good job and to be the best asset for the city in this position I have to have a lot of focus on the job and with what else I have going on right now, I can’t put that dedication into it,” he said.

He said he has talked with Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Kelley Farivar about assisting in any way he can with the search for a new administrator.

Walinski, 63, was hired by Leavenworth in 2010 after serving as city administrator in Northfield, Minnesota. He said he has enjoyed his time in Leavenworth city government.

“The city’s a great place to work,” he said. “Most of the issues that Leavenworth has are issues that relate to folks having a very successful community economically and people being engaged and people just really liking where they live. And those are interesting issues to work with. I will miss that.”

Walinski said he has no immediate plans to move out of the city but will be traveling out of town frequently.