BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek City Manager Pete Landrum has been asked by Wright State University to be an adjunct teacher.
He will be teaching a labor relations course to the students and will be a temporary teacher and not considered apart of the staff. He requested that the city council support him in this decision at a recent meeting. Although some members of the council were not happy about the idea, he was granted permission.
“The class I’ll be teaching is on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., which won’t impact my functions as city manager,” Landrum said. “I’m looking forward to moving forward.”
Beavercreek Vice Mayor Julie Vann said about the idea, “I’m very hesitant to allow this because you were just hired as the city manager and I feel you need to put all your energy into that position. We have a lot to do and I’m concerned that this might be too much.”
Vann added that as much as she loves the idea to partner up with Wright State University, she just doesn’t want him to spread himself too thin. She also indicated that she would like to see solutions to some projects that don’t have available funding so they can come up with solutions to either finish them or do some strategic planning.
Many of the issues that were raised during the meeting were focused on concerns the city currently has involving funding and where to find the money to complete some projects. The city plans to hold more meetings and work sessions on some of the pressing issues to help the city move forward with ultimately trying to figure out another way to find the needed funds.
“I think having Mr. Lundrum on the adjunct faculty would be helpful in the sense that will possibly get some new partners,” Beavercreek Council Member Melissa Litteral said.
This position was not in any violation to the contract with the city manager and the request was passed by a majority of votes.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.