City of Hillsboro appoints new City Administrator

The Hillsboro City Council announced at their meeting today that after an extensive search they have selected a new City Administrator.

“We were very happy with the way the search process worked. We had a field of outstanding and qualified candidates. At the end of the process though, it was clear to all of us that Matt Stiles rose to the top and we couldn’t be more excited to have someone of his caliber leading our team,” said Mayor Lou Thurston.

Stiles is an ICMA credentialed manager with over 12-years of experience in public service.

Stiles brings a wide variety of skills and experience to Hillsboro including an extensive background in financial management and economic development. Stiles has spent the last 2 years at the Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State University as a Program Manager and instructor. Before joining WSU, Stiles served as the City Administrator in South Hutchinson, Kansas and Assistant City Manager in Bel Aire, Kansas.

The City Council unanimously appointed Matt Stiles as its new City Administrator at the meeting.

“Hillsboro has a strong sense of community that is rare to find. Everyone has been very

welcoming and friendly,” Stiles commented. “I look forward to serving the Hillsboro

community and making it our new home.”

According to the press release, Hillsboro began the search for a new City Administrator after Larry Paine announced his upcoming retirement in early 2020.

Paine has served as City Administrator since 2008 and is officially set to retire on July 1. The search for Paine’s successor was conducted by Osenbaugh Consulting of Derby.

Stiles will begin his appointment as City Administrator on June 15. Paine and Stiles will

work together until July 1.