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Urbandale replaces Layton

Urbandale, Iowa found a replacement for its longtime city manager, Robert Layton, who is now Wichita’s manager. It’s A.J. Johnson, who is the big boss in an Iowa town called Muscatine, according to the Des Moines Register’s story. Muscatine is a town of a bit more than 22,000 people on the Iowa-Illinois border.

Urbandale used Slavin Management Consultants (as did Wichita) and landed its new manager about four months after losing Layton. Wichita’s search took a bit more than a year — though Pat Salerno’s now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t act is the main reason. Curiosity still lingers from time to time about why Salerno backed out. So far, the only clue is that someone told him something he didn’t like after he signed the $215,000 a year contract.