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Chamber Told Of New City Administrator

The hiring of a new City Administrator and news of good turnouts for Cruise Night and the recent rodeo highlighted the Holden Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday, July 7.

In community reports, City Council member Allen Mensch informed the Chamber that the City had hired Cynthia Freeman as the new City Administrator of Holden.

Freeman, who has worked for the Raymore, MO City Administrator, as well as in other state and county financial capacities, was highly recommended to Holden, according to Holden Mayor Rae Briscoe.

Mensch also noted that City’s budget has been approved.

In Chamber news, member Don Bowers reported this year’s rodeo had an “amazing” turnout. He said 500 wristbands were gone through each night for the adults, with kids getting stamped on the hand. Parking, he added, was a success thanks to the City allowing attendees use the back field. He said he was still collecting money from ticket sales.

On a down note, however, Chamber President Jennifer Smithson reported approximately 50 children had to be turned away both nights of the rodeo, because only 20 could participate in the Mutton Bustin’ event. This, she said, left many parents and grandparents upset.

She said she spoke with Janise Albertson-Griffin, with Amped Up Bull Riding, about her husband bringing a kids rode….

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