Ron Fehr was selected 2023 Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year during Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at Manhattan Conference Center, Feb. 9.
The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award is named in honor of long-tenured former Manhattan Chamber president Lud Fiser, who served from 1948 to 1975 and was responsible for such community developments as CiCo Park and Manhattan Industrial Park.
Ron is the 55th recipient of the Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year award.
Ron is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Forestry. He began his career with the U.S Forest Service but was soon offered a position with the Manhattan Parks & Recreation Department. Fehr also completed the Master of Public Administration program at K-State.
Ron was promoted to Assistant City Manager under Jim Pearson and then Acting City Manager when he left. Gary Greer then became City Manager and again asked Ron to serve as Assistant. Ron was named the eighth City Manager of Manhattan in 1999.
Fehr’s accomplishments as city manager are too numerous to list. However, a few highlights include the recruitment of NBAF to Manhattan, the return of the 1st Infantry Division, enhancement of air service, significant infrastructure projects including North Campus Corridor, recreation centers and numerous parks facilities, and his thoughtful handling of flood issues including improvements of the city’s levee system.
Fehr has supported and been engaged in the Chamber throughout his career including serving on both the board of directors and economic development committee as an ex-officio member.
Ron is the 2014 recipient of the Buford Watson Award for Excellence in Public Management, the highest award given by the Kansas Association of City/County Management.