Ralston Mayor Don Groesser said Friday that he hopes to name a new general manager for the newly opened Ralston Arena by early next year.
Groesser said he was surprised to learn that arena general manager Curtis Webb had taken a similar position this week as executive director for a sports arena in Bemidji, Minn.
Webb lasted less than a year on the job in Ralston.
“Curtis has done a great job to get us to where we are,” Groesser said. “I don't have any major complaints with him. I don't even consider (his resignation) to be a setback, honestly. I don't think we will miss a beat.”
Groesser said he plans to meet with Webb today to discuss his resignation and figure out what ongoing projects need the city's immediate attention.
The mayor said Webb's resignation took effect immediately.
Ralston will conduct another national search to fill the general manager post, Groesser said.
Webb, 41, was hired last December, and Ralston gave him a five-year contract with an annual salary of $100,000, plus the chance to earn performance bonuses.
Webb was selected from a group of 40 applicants and four finalists. His duties included selling advertising, suites and naming rights for the arena.
Under Webb, Ralston's efforts to secure a corporate naming rights deal have not materialized, so the city-owned facility is being called the Ralston Arena. The arena is the home of the United States Hockey League's Omaha Lancers and the University of Nebraska at Omaha men's basketball team.
The mayor said Webb's management duties will be split for now by Lynn Higginbotham, director of marketing, and Steve Lind, director of operations. The city-owned arena has about a dozen full-time employees.
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