Boulder City’s new city manager, Taylour Tedder, has been in the post for two months and, during that time, got to work with his feet first.
In order for the community to get to know Tedder better, the Boulder City Review recently interviewed him, asking him about his ideas for historic preservation for the city, his relationships with city council and staff, which he enjoys doing during his free time and what he looks forward to his job.
Prior to becoming a general manager, Tedder was an assistant city manager in Leavenworth, Kansas. He received a BS in Economics from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas in 2011 and an MS in Public Administration from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas in 2013.
How does the city compare to your first initial impressions?
Before I started working at Boulder City, I knew there was an exceptional team. My initial expectations were largely exceeded on a daily basis. Everyone from frontline employees to department managers genuinely cares about the level of service provided to our residents. I was also impressed with the efficiency and the processes put in place for the smooth running of the city’s operations. Examples include the SeeClickFix offering on our website to report issues, and service needed, to our public works processes to keep our public services operational.
Historic preservation is a big problem in the city. Do you have specific preservation goals? Or ideas for repurposing buildings so that they can retain their historical significance?
Ultimately my goal is to achieve community consensus and support; this is the best way to ensure that preservation efforts are working. We have received feedback on the proposed changes to the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, and I would like to see more conversations happening. The pandemic has hampered some of these efforts. Hopefully by the end of the year we can engage the community in these conversations. The ultimate goal of historic preservation is to ensure that buildings are used optimally and optimally. With many financial aid programs we currently have, we can ensure that our historic buildings do not fall into disrepair and stay for generations to come.
There have been a lot of conflicts at the town hall in recent years. Do you have plans to create a better working environment?
I can’t talk about the past, however, I can talk about what I saw in my almost two months with the city. There is always uncertainty when an organization undergoes major leadership changes. Since arriving, the board has indicated their support for me, the staff and our efforts. I appreciate all that Michael Mays has done as Interim City Manager to keep staff motivated and focused on their task. His high level of organization and implementation of project monitoring made the transition very smooth. The employees have done a phenomenal job, exceeding expectations to provide a high level of service to the community. I believe coming together as a team and looking ahead will strengthen these efforts, especially recognizing employees when recognition is due, continuing to improve morale.
Are there any projects that you would like to see carried out during your tenure with the city?
It is clear that we have several hot topics affecting the region that I am already working hard on, such as water resources. Ensuring that we do everything we can at the city level to conserve water and use our resources to the best of our ability is of great importance. I would also like to see the use of additional technology to optimize our staff’s time in areas where it is needed most. Overall, despite many key projects, I plan to get additional feedback from staff, management and city council members before developing a comprehensive roadmap for long-term initiatives. Stay tuned.
What activities or events, hobbies or community sponsored are you looking forward to?
I look forward to attending other community events. The level of community pride is evident everywhere I go, and it is contagious in a way that results in strong public participation at almost every event held in Boulder City. On a personal note, I also can’t wait to explore the trails in Bootleg Canyon. As a past president of the Leavenworth Lions Club, I look forward to being part of a local civic organization in town as I have been invited to several large groups. It’s all about the right fit.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
I really enjoy spending time with my wife, Amber, and our rescue cats. We love to explore new places, cook, home improvement projects and outdoor activities. Having recently secured a new home, with the expert help of our real estate agent, we are proud to call Boulder City our home.
Do you have a personal motto or mantra that you follow?
I like to live by treating everyone with the same high level of respect, regardless of who they are or what position they hold. Treating others the way you want to be treated goes a long way in building consensus, trust, and friendships. I also believe that transparency is a must in all aspects of local government.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
I am a car fanatic. New, old, big, small, I love them all. When I was a kid, I could tell you what kind of car drove on the road, in the dark, just by the lighting of the taillights. I also have a large collection of keys and license plates that I collected not only from my grandparents, but also from myself.
Who is your hero?
I can’t say I have a specific hero. I believe a lot of people are modern day heroes; from our public safety personnel to healthcare workers, we have many heroes who live in our lives every day. A few exceptional people come to mind. Steve Jobs showed what resilience and ingenuity can do to pioneer an industry. He never gave up and focused on accomplishing something great every day. Jack Canfield, co-author of the “Chicken Soup” book franchise, is another, as he inspires growth and shares principles for achieving life goals through his motivational speeches. At the end of the day, anyone can be a hero in our life, it’s showing appreciation and appreciation for these great people.
Who is your favorite sports team?
As a former student of Wichita State University, I am a huge fan of their basketball team. Go Shockers! Of course, as a Kansas City native, I have an affinity for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. It was great to see the Chiefs win the Super Bowl in 2020 for the first time in 50 years. I was told that being in Southern Nevada I might become an avid hockey fan at some point in the future.
Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at [email protected] or 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.