Nevada names new city administrator

Marlys Barker, Nevada Journal Editor

Matthew Mardesen of Monroe will become the next city administrator in Nevada.

Mardesen, who is currently the city administrator at Monroe, was offered the Nevada position last Friday, after the city brought in its top five candidates for two days of interviews, city tours and other activities. Mardesen brings to the position a strong law enforcement background, among other things.

“We went through a long and thorough process and spent two long days interviewing five very diverse candidates with a variety of strengths,” said Councilman Brett Barker. “Matt Mardesen is a well-rounded city administrator with a strong track record in Monroe. He and his wife, Joni, were enthusiastic and excited to become part of our community and help us to make it stronger.”

Mardesen is a 1998 graduate of Des Moines Area Community College, where he received an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He worked for the Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement from 2003-2007, while also working toward his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Simpson College. He received that degree in 2007, the same year he became First Chief Deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. That same year, he accepted a position with Granger as the assistant police chief there.

From 2009-2012, Mardesen worked as investigations and recovery manager for Iowa Workforce Development, and also during that time, 2008-2010, he earned his master’s degree in public administration from Drake University.

He has been city administrator at Monroe since 2012. His budget responsibilities there include preparing operating and CIP budgets and preparing and submitting TIF reports.

The city of Monroe’s website bio on Mardesen says he and his wife have three children, Tyler, Brady and Connor. It says Mardesen is active in helping with his boys’ sports activities.

Mardesen is set to begin his city administrator role in Nevada on Jan. 3.