Paducah Board of Commissioners Selects Next City Manager

Date of Release: 
June 30, 2021

Date of release: June 30, 2021

Daron JordanAfter a nationwide search and a lengthy interview process, the Paducah Board of Commissioners is excited to announce that Daron Jordan has accepted the position as Paducah’s next city manager.  Jordan has notified his current employer, the city of Paris, Kentucky, that he will begin his tenure with Paducah on August 1.

Mayor George Bray said, “I am pleased with the recruitment process and the incredible number of highly qualified candidates who wanted to be Paducah’s next city manager.  During the process, Daron Jordan stood out to the Board and to the others who had the chance to meet him as a great fit for Paducah.  Daron was born and raised in Western Kentucky and is the current city manager in Paris, Kentucky. He has had excellent success in Paris and brings a wealth of economic development experience, a collaborative personality, and a love for Kentucky.  The Board and I look forward to working with Daron.”

This month, Jordan visited Paducah and was interviewed by the Board along with interviews by the City’s Leadership Team and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Panel. 

Jordan said, “I am excited for the opportunity to join ‘Team Paducah.’  Paducah has a great history, and I want to be part of the team that continues to progress and move Paducah forward.”

Jordan has been serving as the city manager of Paris, Kentucky, since January 2017.  In addition to his work in Paris, Jordan’s local government experience includes more than 16 years with the city of Madisonville, Kentucky, and four years with the city of Henderson, Kentucky.  Jordan holds a Master’s in Organizational Management and has been certified by the International Economic Development Council as a Certified Economic Developer.

The contract between the City and Jordan will be placed on the agenda for the next City Commission Meeting.

In January, City Manager Jim Arndt announced his plans to move back home to Illinois to be closer to family and to open a business providing local government management consulting.  Arndt’s employment contract ends July 31. 

Over the past few months, the City has been working with GovHR USA to conduct a national search for the recruitment and selection of Paducah’s next city manager.  GovHR USA accepted applications through May 7 with nearly 50 applications submitted for Paducah’s city manager position.