City of Carmel Names Crider Director of Administration

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The city of Carmel has named James Crider director of administration. He replaces Steve Engelking, who retired late last year. Crider has been a U.S. Army officer for the past 28 years. In his new role, he will serve as chief of staff, overseeing day-to-day administrative operations throughout the city. Crider will serve as director of the Emergency Operations Team, is designated as the city’s official purchasing agent and will oversee all owned or leased property. A native of Mayfield, Kentucky, Crider was an ROTC student and went on to serve the U.S. Army in a variety of leadership positions from infantry platoon leader to brigade commander. His assignments included Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Bliss, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects, U.S. Army, Europe, in Wiesbaden, Germany. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, his career in the Army also allowed him to witness the fall of the Berlin Wall and work directly with leaders from numerous allied and partner nations. Crider holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University; a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky; and he is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. Crider will begin his official duties in June.

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