The Washington City Council Wednesday appointed Darren Lamb as the new city administrator.

The council unanimously approved a resolution appointing Lamb, who has been serving as the Washington Economic Development Director. He held that position for seven years.

Lamb said he will continue to seek better communication methods to reach the community, as well as internally among city staff.

"Communication, we all know how important it is and we need to continue to find new ways to get the message out to our citizens — this goes beyond public hearings and meetings," he said. "We also need to focus internally, so that all levels of city staff are aware of our programs and projects and we can work in unison."

Lamb added that team building also is on his immediate agenda.

"We have some of the brightest professional staff and we work in teams to resolve issues, tackle projects and provide the ongoing services our community has come to expect from us," he commented. "This also includes working with external organizations such as the Chamber, Downtown Washington, service organizations and other government entities."

Lamb also thanked the selection committee for their hard work and dedication to the community, as well as his family and those who encouraged him to apply for the position.

The council approved a salary for Lamb of $99,750. He replaces Jim Briggs who retired from the city in April.

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