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Personnel appointments announced

City Manager Wayne Cauthen today announced the following appointments:

    D.A. Christian has been named Emergency Preparedness Program Manager. Christian will coordinate all emergency management activities with City departments, regional, state and federal agencies and civic groups. He will manage Citywide emergency programs dealing with all aspects of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Christian has served as Program Manger of the Public Assistance Section of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services since June 1994. In that position, Christian has managed efforts related to both the federal public assistance program and the California Disaster Assistance Act. Both programs provide funding to assist eligible entities with the recovery from declared disasters. Christian’s background also includes positions with the Monroe County, Fla., Office of Civil Defense; and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Christian has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Florida State University. Christian’s annual salary will be $84,552.

    Ava Gardner has been named Marketing Manager – Convention and Entertainment Centers Department. Gardner will be responsible for providing marketing expertise for the City in addition to direct supervision of all aspects of sales, marketing, budget, and public relations associated with City convention exhibition, arena and theater complexes. An important aspect of this position will be to work with outside vendors and partners such as the Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Sports Commission, local hotels, restaurants and attractions as well as managing client accounts to ensure high-quality, timely service. Gardner has served as Senior Citywide Sales Manager at the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau since March 1993. Her responsibilities included marketing Denver and its meeting facilities to national organizations and companies, with emphasis on groups requiring the convention center and 2,000 hotel rooms on peak nights.Gardner also developed and negotiating proposals and facilitated marketing efforts including direct-mail, national trade show participation, personal sales calls and advertising placement. Gardner’s background also includes six years as Senior Sales Manager with the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Gardner has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice technology from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., and is a Certified Meeting Professional. Gardner’s annual salary will be $75,708.

    Troy Schulte has been named Budget Officer. Schulte will direct and administer the municipal budget, overseeing all activities of the Budget Office, including developing recommendations to lower costs and increase effectiveness of the City. Schulte has served the City as Acting Budget Officer since June. Schulte came to the City in May 1998, serving as Budget Analyst. His duties have included preparation of the City’s budget, monitoring expenditures, revenue forecasting, managing staff and working on special projects. Schulte’s background also includes serving three years as Manager of City Operations for the City of Marengo, Iowa; and two years as Assistant Director of the Benton Development Group in Vinton, Iowa. Schulte has bachelor’s degrees in economics and history from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in economics from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Schulte’s annual salary will be $79,332.

“I am pleased that D.A. Christian and Ava Gardner have decided to join the City team in their respective positions,” said City Manager Wayne Cauthen. “I think both of these individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in their fields and I think they will be an asset to the City of Kansas City, Mo.,” added Cauthen.

“Troy Schulte has served the City well as Acting Budget Officer,” said Cauthen. “He has demonstrated a knack for preparing complex information in a way that is easily understood and has been innovative in finding ways for the City to do more with less funding,” said Cauthen.

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