WINFIELD — Cowley County Administrator Jeremy Willmoth is resigning effective Jan. 31, 2017, to become the new city manager of Winfield.

Willmouth“I love working in Cowley County and was not actively looking for a new position. However, when this opportunity became available, it aligned with my personal and professional career goals,” Willmoth said. “I am excited for a new challenge in a city with a rich heritage and bright future.”

Willmoth was hired as county administrator on Nov. 21, 2011. He is responsible for many county services, including roads and bridges, property appraisals, emergency management, emergency communications, community corrections, youth services, and internal services.

Under his leadership and financial management, Cowley County has kept its tax burden as one of the lowest among counties of comparable size.

“It is bittersweet to leave a county as special as Cowley,” he said. “I am grateful for the confidence entrusted in me and for the excellent work our team provided to the community. No one can do it all alone. The staff and elected officials working together is what made us successful, and I know Cowley County will continue to achieve great success with continued strong support from staff, elected officials and community partners.”

Other accomplishments during Willmoth’s tenure include the consolidation of 911 dispatching from two separate city-operated services to a single countywide service, and numerous internal improvements to county processes and technology.

“We are very happy for Jeremy and his family,” said County Commissioner Alan Groom. “It will be challenging for the commission to replace him, but we will keep moving forward. We are glad that he has chosen to stay in this community and he will be a huge asset to the City of Winfield.”

The county currently is working on a transition strategy and will make a future announcement about the county administrator vacancy.