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Jasper County Tribune

Colfax city administrator passes one-year mark

Colfax City Administrator Wade Wagoner first began his journey in January of 2019 and for the last year has worked to improve the City of Colfax.
Colfax City Administrator Wade Wagoner first began his journey in January of 2019 and for the last year has worked to improve the City of Colfax.

Since starting as city administrator in Colfax one year ago, one thing has stuck in Wade Wagoner’s mind. It is a unique quality that he is excited is a part of the community he works in.

“Probably the biggest thing that stands out is just how well everyone gets along here ... It is really, really unique,” Wagoner said. “It is a culture that I inherited, and I just feel lucky that I did.”

When Wagoner first came into Colfax, he had his owns goals and visions of what the city would look like a year later. One of those ideas was the further development of Colfax, which Wagoner has worked on.

“We are about to annex 93 acres north of our golf course and hopefully that will be platted in the coming months and lots will be for sale yet this summer and fall. For a community our size that hasn’t had a lot of that in the last few decades it’s a really big deal,” Wagoner said.

Looking forward to working as city administrator, he has another vision for what he would like to accomplish and it is centered around the development of Quarry Springs Park.

“We are kicking around an RV campground site out there ... I think that could just be a gem of a development,” Wagoner said.

His first 365 days came with quite a few accomplishments, but he doesn’t want to stop there. The city leader has plenty of ideas of how to continue to grow Colfax, while keeping the small town charm.

“The growth that you are going to see in the coming years will be fabulous for our school system, fabulous for our community. It will generate additional revenues,” Wagoner said.

Whether it is further development of Quarry Springs park or other future developments in town, Wagoner will continue to try and capitalize on the many things Colfax has to offer to community members and visitors.

“I think people are going to be amazed at what happens to Colfax in the next ten to twenty years,” Wagoner said.

After working with citizens passionate about the community and those willing to put in the hours and work to make Colfax the best it can be, Wagoner said the position has proved to be more than just a job.

“It has been a place that I can get up and go to work and have a smile on my face when I go there,” Wagoner said. “I love what I’m working on and I love the people I am working with.”

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or dteays@newtondailynews.com

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