Homer city manager’s contract renewed

Homer City Manager Katie Koester recently got the stamp of approval to continue her work for another four years.

Her next contract was signed by Mayor Ken Caster this week, according to a press release from the city. The Homer City Council approved a second contract with Koester for the job after a performance review last Thursday.

”The Council took its time in structuring an agreement that lends certainty to future budgets while providing just compensation to a manager that has performed so well,” Castner said in the press release. “The Council reached consensus on every negotiable point and Katie found those points to be agreeable. We’re happy to have this wrapped up well before her current contract expires.”

As part of the council’s job performance review, department heads and staff who report directly to the Koester each completed a “360” performance evaluation, according to the release. Koester herself also performed a self-evaluation.

“I am honored to be able to continue to serve the citizens of Homer for another contract term,” Koester said in the press release. “I appreciate that the position of city manager is not just a job but also a calling that requires tremendous dedication, commitment and a passion for our community. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a special organization that values responsiveness, customer service, and teamwork to deliver excellent services to our citizens and customers every day.”

Koester, a Homer resident since birth, was the Economic and Development Coordinator in 2011 and became the city manager in 2015.

She replaced former city manager Walt Wrede.