City Administrator candidates announced

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

The public is invited to meet the five top candidates for the city administrator position Nov. 17 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the City Hall, 1209 Sixth St.

Candidates include:

• Joe Gaa, current city manager at the city of Chariton. Gaa has also served as city administator at Woodbine; as parks administrator in Sebastian County, Ark.; and as an assistant instructor at the University of Arkansas.

• Elizabeth (Lisa) Rodgers, current manager in the Office of Research Opportunities at the Ames Laboratory. Rodgers has also been an independent consultant for Top-Notch Proposals of Nevada; a procurement agent with the Ames Laboratory; a pre-award administrator, industry contracts coordinator, industry services specialist and graduate assistant for the Iowa State’s Office of Sponsored Research Administrator; and administrative coordinator of Dynamics International of Des Moines and Columbus, Ohio.

• Mark A. Jackson, current city administrator at Story City. Jackson was previously the village manager in Homer, Mich.

• Shawn W. Henessee, current county administrator for Marinette County in Wisconsin. Henessee was previously the assistant director of Jackson County in Missouri.

• Matthew Mardesen, current city administrator for the city of Monroe. Mardesen was previously an investigations and recovery manager for the Iowa Workforce Development; assistant police chief at Granger; First Chief Deputy for Dallas County; and a motor vehicle officer for the Iowa DOT.

These candidates were chosen from a field of 30 applicants to participate in a two-day process of orientation and interviews. On Thursday, candidates will be given a tour the city, meet with staff and interview with the mayor and council prior to the reception. On Friday, the candidates will meet with the full council, city department heads and community representatives before the council makes its selection.

Residents are encouraged to meet and speak with the candidates and their spouses at Nevada City Hall. Dick Schrad, search consultant with HueLife, will be available to introduce the candidates and answer any questions. All participating council, staff and community members will be offered an opportunity to make observations on comment cards during this two-day process.