Date of release: July 2, 2018
City Manager James “Jim” Arndt started his tenure with Paducah by inviting all employees to meet with him this morning at the Robert Cherry Civic Center. He spent the majority of the time at each of the two sessions greeting employees individually, asking their name, and inviting them to tell him about their role serving the City. After meeting each employee, he gave a brief presentation and provided time for a question and answer session. When asked why he decided to come to Paducah, Arndt said that Paducah is known throughout the Midwest as a progressive and prosperous city that is full of culture and enthusiasm.
In his presentation to the employees, City Manager Arndt asked that each employee be patient with him as he learns names. He says he regrets not learning everyone’s name at the previous city he served. His goal is to learn the name of each of Paducah’s more than 300 employees.
Arndt also asked employees to help him break the chain of being at his desk. He wants to spend time with employees as they are doing their jobs. Arndt said, “You have to be intentional to help me break the chain. I do appreciate what you do for the city. You are the face of the city.”
Two words that Arndt emphasized to the employees are accountability and teamwork. Arndt said, “We are one City. We are one team. We are one brotherhood. Teamwork is very important to me as well as holding each other accountable.”
Arndt ended his presentation by saying that his job is to love the community he serves. Arndt said, “I will be guilty of wearing my I love Paducah hat. I challenge you to put on your I love Paducah hat and wear it with pride.”
After conducting a nationwide search to recruit Paducah’s next City Manager, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an employment agreement with Jim Arndt on May 29, 2018.
Arndt began his tenure with the City of Paducah yesterday. City Clerk Lindsay Parish conducted the swearing-in of Arndt today.
Prior to becoming Paducah's City Manager, Arndt served eight years as the City Administrator of Effingham, Illinois. He also has been the Administrator for the City of St. Clair, Missouri and the Village of Union City, Ohio. Before coming to Paducah, Arndt had more than 14 years of local government experience and spent an additional six years as a police officer and three years serving in the United States Army. For more information about City Manager Arndt, visit http://paducahky.gov/city-manager.