Dvoracek begins Evart city manager duties

January 10, 2019

By John Raffel

Sarah Dvoracek is a familiar face at the City of Evart offices, and opened the new year with a new job.

“I am the Interim City Manager/Treasurer/Assessor until June 30, 2019,” Dvoracek said. “The council will then have to decide if I am the right person for the position or start the city manager search process.”

She replaced retiring city manager Zachary Szakacs.

“The council appointed me the city treasurer in December of 2012,” Dvoracek said. “In May of 2016, I obtained my state certification in assessing (Michigan Certified Assessing Officer). Since July of 2016, I have been in a dual role of city treasurer/assessor. Then in August 2018, council appointed me the Assistant City Manager/Treasurer/Assessor.”

Dvoracek said officially, she started adding the city manager duties to her position this month on Jan. 3.

“So right now I am focusing on getting organized and delegating some of my workload to current staff, however during Monday night’s council meeting, council approved my request to hire a part-time assistant assessor and a part-time administrative assistant,” she said. “For starters, my plan is to get a good understanding of the council’s goals, expectations, and vision and then put together a plan. I hope to focus on the city’s capital improvement plan (CIP) and master plan. By having a strong and detailed CIP, it will assist council and staff in planning and budgeting for future projects.

Sarah Dvoracek is now the Interim city Manager/ Treasurer/Assessor.

Sarah Dvoracek is now the Interim city Manager/

“The city will wrap up several grants this year. And we are now headed into the budget season. I have met with our department heads to explore potential cost savings options. The DEQ will soon have new requirements for replacing lead service lines, testing frequencies and sites which will have a major impact on our budget.”

Dvoracek is looking forward to meeting with city residents.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity,” she said. “I want all our residents and taxpayers to know my door is always open. I am here to help and answer questions.”

Dvoracek will be hosting what she calls the first “Community Coffee” 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the Lamp Lighter Cafe.

“I encourage everyone to come share a cup of coffee with me and let’s talk,” she said.

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