Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The city of Jerome welcomed in their newest employee this morning.
Mike Williams, the former Assistant City Manager of Twin Falls is now City Administrator for Jerome.
Joey Martin for Idaho's First News explains what he is most looking forward to in this new adventure.
"I've always thought it would be a unique challenge... a unique opportunity to work from my home town."
Said Jerome City Administrator, Mike Williams.
As new city administrator mike Williams says...
Coming back to work for his hometown is a dream come true.
"It's nice to live a couple miles from my office and serve the citizens of Jerome, which is where I grew up... Jerome is very important to me and I'm happy to be able to serve them."
Williams is happy to be joining team Jerome.
But, the city itself is even happier to have him on board.
"We're very excited to have Mike join our team. He brings a lot of great experience, he's a Jerome native so he's familiar with the area and where were going. He'll also help us to continue to move forward on becoming the most welcoming, livable and friendly community in the Magic Valley."
Said Jerome Community Development Director, Zoe Monahan.
With Williams connections back in Twin Falls, he feels a strong bond between the two cities.
It's that strong partnership that will move both of them into the future.
"I always think there is an inherent rivalry between Jerome and Twin Falls. But I think any opportunity that we can get together and work on regional initiatives... that yeah we have those resources. I have a lot of respect for the Mayor and council and staff members over there. I do know that I have a resource in them and they have a resource in me."
As for being prepared for some of the issues currently facing the city of Jerome.
Williams is ready and willing to tackle that head–on.
"Every city has their own unique challenges and issues... I'm aware of what those are here, I'm learning more about them. We'll work as a team together with the elected officials and staff and gaining input from our citizens and we'll tackle those issues and get through them."
A familiar face to take the city of Jerome far into the future.
Williams takes over after a 5 month vacancy of the position.
Taking over for former administrator Polly Hulsey.