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Jan 02

Dennis Marstall named Manhattan's new Assistant City Manager

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 10:19 AM by Vivienne Uccello

(Manhattan, Kan., Jan. 2, 2019) — City Manager Ron Fehr announced today that Dennis Marstall has been named Assistant City Manager for the City of Manhattan. Marstall was selected from a group of four finalists after a national search and plans to begin work January 25th.

Marstall will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day management of City operations including supervision of staff and administrative policy development; working with the City Manager and Deputy City Manager on various projects and redevelopment activities; serving as the City Manager’s designated representative to the Riley County Law Board, staff liaison to the City-University Special Projects Fund Committee; and coordinating state legislative activities.

“I am excited to announce the hiring of Dennis Marstall to serve as Assistant City Manager for the City of Manhattan. Dennis will be returning to his hometown after being in Charlotte, NC since 1998,” says Ron Fehr. “I believe Dennis will have an immediate positive impact on the organization and the community by assisting with day-to-day project management as well as helping to identify creative and innovative solutions to community challenges while enhancing City services.”

Marstall is a native of Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High School in 1987 before earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science at Kansas State University. He then went on to earn his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Louisville. His professional experience includes 14 years with the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, most of which was focused on assisting the Mayor and City Manger’s offices. During his tenure with the City of Charlotte, Marstall held progressively responsible positions as a Budget and Evaluation Analyst, Chief of Staff/Assistant to the Mayor and City Manager, and Economic Development Program Manager. His experience in the Economic Development Division was concentrated on strategic planning, business retention and growth, public/private partnerships, and small business development as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.

Most recently, Marstall worked in the non-profit sector. For the last five years, he has served as Vice President of Community Investment and Impact for the United Way of the Central Carolinas. During his time with United Way, he focused on advancing community impact initiatives for children and youth, housing, financial stability, and health.

“I look forward to returning to Manhattan and working with the dynamic City team to serve the citizens of my hometown,” says Marstall.

Dennis Marstall fills the position previously held by Kiel Mangus. Mangus served the City of Manhattan for five years and recently accepted the Deputy City Manager position for the City of Derby, Kansas.

The mission of the City of Manhattan is to sustain order and protect public safety, promote public health, preserve the built environment, and enhance economic vitality. The city supports a regional community in which individuals and families develop and thrive. More information about the City can be found online at, or by following the City on Facebook at cityofmanhattan, or Twitter @cityofmhk.

photo of Dennis Marstall