A familiar face in Effingham city government will be named interim administrator with Jim Arndt leaving for a new job next month in Kentucky.

City Clerk Kelsey Lock is expected to be appointed interim City Administrator during the June 19 council meeting. Action will also be taken on amending Arndt’s contract. He is scheduled to start as Paducah’s new city manager on July 1, the effective date for Lock taking over interim administrator duties.

Lock has served as City Clerk for nine years. She works on city Human Resources, Communications, Finances and utility billing as City Clerk. City officials expect a smooth tradition after Arndt leaves Effingham.

“I am happy for Jim Arndt as he expands his professional repertoire. Paducah is getting a good man,” Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker stated in a press release last week. “The good news for the City of Effingham is that our staff is made up of excellent technicians and seasoned managers, who will have no trouble running with the ball.”

The City Council will seek assistance from a professional executive recruiting firm during the search for a new city administrator. The city might seek presentations during a future council meeting to decide on the best choice among firms offering recruitment services.

Bloemker said the recruiting process could cover six months.

“We’ll be lucky to have disposition in this matter by the end of 2018. But all indicators are exhibiting that we’ll be just fine. I actually look forward to the process.” Bloemker stated.