City of Mabton tabs Grandview native for top administrator post

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Walt Bratton

MABTON – Grandview native Walt Bratton starts work June 29 as Mabton’s city clerk/treasurer/administrator.

Mabton’s city council formally approved a one-year employment agreement with Bratton Tuesday night.

Currently the assistant parks and rec director for Oklahoma City, Okla., Bratton will receive a monthly salary of $6,250 as Mabton’s new city administrator.

This is his first post as a city administrator.

Mayor Mario Martinez said Bratton was tops among the 13 candidates vying for Mabton’s top job.

Last night, Martinez noted that in 2007 Bratton was named among the top 40 business managers/professionals in the state of Wyoming under the age of 40.

More recently, YVCC’s alumni association honored Bratton last year for his work at the time as director of parks, recreation, economic activities and development for the city of Ruidoso, N.M.

Though the Mabton post will be his first time at the city administrator helm, it is not the first time Bratton has been offered such a post.

Last September, Bratton declined an offer to be city manager of Bethel, Alaska.

According to KYUK, a public radio/tv outlet, Bratton turned down that post after Bethel’s city council raised its salary offer to $120,000 a year.

Besides the nearly $75,000 in annual salary, the contract inked last night provides Bratton with a city-issued cell phone and a credit card for expenses with a limit not to exceed $5,000.

He will also receive 20 days of paid leave and insurance benefits as provided to other city employees.

Bratton’s previous experience includes working in municipal governments in Florida, Kansas and Arizona.

He holds Bachelor degrees from WSU and Arizona State University, as well as a Master’s degree in public administration from Wichita State University.



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