Since 2017, Matt Mardesen’s work in the role of Nevada city administrator has been instrumental to the town’s growth — and was recently awarded IaCMA City Manager of the Year, presented by the Iowa City/County Management Association (IaCMA).


“It’s pretty big accomplishment considering the accomplishment of my peers and all the other eligible candidates,” Mardesen said. “The city of Nevada is in a great position with the Main Street Project, and overseeing and being apart of the growth this city experienced over the past few years has been truly special.”


Now, the city will be tasked with finding a replacement for Mardesen who accepted a chief of staff position with the city of Council Bluffs, citing a desire to be closer to his and his wife’s families.


“It was a tough decision to leave Nevada as we have done so many great things in my time here, but family has to come first in this situation,” Mardesen said.


Nevada Mayor Brett Barker touted Mardesen’s work as city administrator and influence in bringing large-scale economic projects to Nevada.


“Matt has been an incredible asset to the Nevada community,” Barker said. “He has been instrumental in the some of the largest economic development projects in Nevada’s history. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredible city administrator and am thankful for everything that Matt has done for me and for our community.”


The Nevada City Council plans to select finalists for the city administrator’s job on Nov. 12 with finalist interviews on Nov. 21 and 22, and Barker said he expects the new administrator to start in January.


Mardesen said when he first accepted the position, much of his priorities centered around increasing and improving housing stock in Nevada, as the city began to expand following the expansions of Burke Corporation.


Mardesen said the next city administrator will have the chance to impact what he sees as a “strong outlook” for Nevada in the coming years, as it undergoes downtown revitalization and begins to attract younger families to the city.


“The role really became elevated when those companies began to build a bigger influence in Nevada,” Mardesen said. “The city is in a wonderful position, and with our partnership with surrounding cities and commitment to enhancing Story County — I think people will see Nevada as a place where a wide variety of amenities can be met.”