For the second time in as many years, Ralston is looking for a new general manager for its arena.
Ralston Mayor Don Groesser said Paul Hendrickson, who spent 364 days as general manager of the Ralston Arena, resigned his position Monday morning, effective immediately.
Hendrickson was hired last January and took over operations as general manager of the Ralston Arena on Feb. 4, 2013. He replaced Curtis Webb, who resigned the position in November 2012 after not quite a year on the job.
Hendrickson had signed a five-year contract with the city, paying him $90,000 annually. He came to the Ralston Arena from Houston, where he worked at Reliant Park, a large sports/entertainment complex which is the home of the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
"We’re happy we had Paul for the time we had him," Groesser said. "He brought a new level to what we offer at the arena, but he’s decided to look for another opportunity elsewhere. I think his running of this arena has gone pretty well, and he felt it was time for a change."
Hendrickson could not be reached for comment.
Ralston Police Chief Ron Murtaugh has taken over interim management of the arena. Murtaugh holds a master’s degree in public administration and has served in several administrative capacities for the city in addition to his job with the police department.
"We’re confident in Chief Murtaugh having the knowledge of what needs to happen at the arena right now," Groesser said. "This would not be outside the bailiwick of the degree he holds, and he understands this is a business."
Hendrickson departs after announcing Sunday that former President Bill Clinton will headline the arena for a speech March 20.
As for a timetable on finding a permanent replacement, Groesser said the city will evaluate the situation at the arena.
"We’re not going to rush into this," Groesser said. "We want to take our time, make sure we have every opportunity to get the right person for this job. We have to make sure we’re utilizing every part of the arena to its ultimate usefulness, and we need to find somebody who has that ability."
Hendrickson was selected for the general manager job from a pool of more than 100 candidates who applied after Webb left.