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IaCMA Newsletter – March and April 2014

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2014 Joe Lukehart Award – Gerald Clausen
Excerpted from award presentation
The Joe Lukehart Professional Service Award was created to recognize outstanding contributions to the development and support of the city management profession in Iowa. This award is named in honor of Joe Lukehart, who served as President of the Iowa City Management Association in 1981-1982. Joe served as City Manager in Webster City from 1974 to 1982 and played an instrumental role in enhancing the professional development efforts of Iowa’s city managers and assistants.

The award is presented to individuals who have promoted or enhanced the city/county management profession in Iowa, and who have made outstanding contributions to the Iowa City/County Management Association. Additionally, the award is given to individuals responsible for promoting the professional development of Iowa’s City/County Management Association, and is presented during the Iowa Municipal Management Institute. The Joe Lukehart Professional Service award is not presented on an annual basis since it is designed to recognize exceptional contributions to the development of the city/county management profession and the state association.

Tonight we recognize an individual who has been serving in local government administration for more than 25 years. A very active member of the Iowa City/County Management Association and the International City/County management Association, he has demonstrated his dedication to further city management in Iowa through participation on the Board of Directors of the IaCMA and other association committees. He has served on ICMA committees, and is a tireless advocate for ICMA’s “Life Well Run” campaign.

But even more important than his committed service to our professional organizations, our 2014 Lukehart Award recipient relishes the role of being a mentor to other managers, always having words of advice for new managers and being a sounding board for anyone to ask questions or seek advice.

Our honoree is described by a current elected official as a compassionate humanitarian with a positive outlook on life. He is further described as one of the most deep-thinking people he knows, noting that our award winner has had the opportunity to learn much and enjoys paying it forward. He is eager to share what he has learned to benefit others, and is quick with a story or quote.

Tonight’s recipient has been involved in local government in Nebraska and Iowa. He began his local government career in Bloomfield, Nebraska and served Sheldon, Iowa before assuming his current position as City Manager of Carroll in 1994. He is currently serving on the ICMA Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee, is a past member of the IaCMA Board of Directors, has served on the Iowa League of Cities Board of Directors, as well as the Iowa League’s Legislative Policy Committee, League Property Tax Advisory Committee, and the League’s Constitution and Bylaws Task Force.  

Under his leadership, Carroll has defined their role as a regional retail and employment center. Many public improvement projects have been completed during his tenure including large water and wastewater projects, award-winning recreation projects, and several phases of streetscape improvements.

He has a strong commitment to serving his community and serving mankind. He serves as vice-president of the Western Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; is District 6000 Rotary Assistant Governor, and is a lay minister. Our honoree and his wife, Beverly, have three children, thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Congratulations to Gerald Clausen

Past Joe Lukehart Award Winners
Clarence Krepps—1989
Tim Shields—1990
Bob Layton—1992
Pat Callahan—1993
Steve Schainker—1994
Bob Kindred—1996
Bob Hays—1998
Tim Moerman—1999
Paul Wenbert—2001
Jeff Kooistra—2002
Tim Zisoff—2003
Jeff Schott—2004
Dennis Henderson—2005
William F. Sueppel—2006
Decker Ploehn—2007
Judy Slezak—2008
Michael C. Van Milligan—2009
Richard J. Crayne—2010
Dick Schrad – 2011
Marketa Oliver – 2012
Jeff Mark – 2013

Iowa League of Cities presents Inaugural Leadership Summit for City Leaders.
The 2014 Leadership Summit will occur in Des Moines on April 25-26, 2014.Please join us for the event and encourage other city officials from your city to attend this important training. This two-day event of the Iowa League of Cities will provide elected and appointed city leaders an opportunity to gather and discuss challenges facing our cities. The event will focus on how leadership at the local level can better address contemporary issues in local government. Online Registration

The inaugural Leadership Summit will provide insight into city issues as well as provide useful strategies to take back to your community. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Mayor Ted Ellis of Bluffton, Indiana and former President of the National League of Cities. His presentation will provide attendees with a thought provoking illustration of leadership at the local level. Other topics that will be presented include ethics, nuisance abatement, strategic planning and economic development. Hotel Information and Full Event Schedule

The training is open to both new and more experienced city officials. The event serves as Part Four of the Municipal Leadership Academy (MLA); attendance at previous MLA sessions is not a prerequisite for attendance at the Leadership Summit. Overview of Online MLA Offerings. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this event.  Hope to see you in April!

Regional News:
Northeast – Beth Bonz, City Administrator, Asbury
Amanda Kaufman, Asst to the City Manager, Marion
Just a few notes from the NE Iowa City Manager Luncheon on January 31, 2014.
In attendance – Doug Herman, Amanda Kaufman, Steve Diers, Tim Vick, Chelsea Huisman, Jeff Horne, Phil Jones and Beth Bonz
Discussion items – Budgets, franchise fees, other funding sources, property tax rollback, County Auditors valuation of property for TIF, lawsuits, elections, residency of elected officials, ward system vs at large in a small community, and police citations.

Next meeting will be on April 25 at noon in Center Point.  Location TBA.

Save the date for the IaCMA Summer Conference
The IaCMA Summer Conference will be held at Honey Creek Resort State Park on Lake Rathbun July 9-11, 2014. The State Park features an indoor water park, golf course, bike rentals and other resort activities for the entire family.  For more information about the resort, visitwww.honeycreekresort.comThe IaCMA Professional Development Committee will soon be pulling together session ideas and speaker ideas.   If you have any speaker suggestions or topics for discussion, please email Josh Heggen at joshh@norwalk.iowa.gov 

 Honey Creek two

 Photos courtesy of Honey Creek Resort Website

 Honey Creek One

The Iowa League of Cities seeks input and ideas for sessions for the 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibit in Council Bluffs.
If you have ideas for educational sessions, a great project that others may enjoy learning about or a unique way in which your community has solved a problem please share this with Mark Tomb, Director of Membership Services or Mickey Shields, Assistant Director of Membership Service.

Send us your feedback
If you have ideas you think other may wish to know about, a good book you have read lately or just comments about this newsletter, please send them to: Chad Bird, City of Decorah, citymanager@decorahia.org. We will be happy to pass it along.

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