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IaCMA Newsletter Information October 2019

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Matt Mardesen receives IaCMA’s Manager of the Year Award

Nevada’s City Manager, Matt Mardesen, was awarded the Manager of the Year Award from the IowMardesen - 2019a City/County Management Association (IaCMA) during the Awards Banquet at the Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference & Exhibit in Dubuque on September 26, 2019.

IaCMA’s Annual Manager of the Year Award honors chief administrators whose accomplishments and superior work performance represent the best possible application of management principles and whose creative contributions to professional local government management increases public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in our communities.

Mardesen has been actively engaged in Nevada since he accepted his position in 2017. Known for his professionalism, hard work and ability to come up with new and creative solutions, he was nominated separately by his mayor and two of his peer city managers.

Mayor Brett Barker stated in the nomination that, “I consider the time we have worked together to be a blessing to me and the community. During that time, he has enacted numerous policies and practices that have enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of our municipality.”

Some of Mardesen’s accolades include working within his community to partner and collaborate with outside agencies to help promote and push forward their local community. Business expansion and working on local improvements have been a commitment under his tenure. Mardesen is heavily involved in both local and state organizations, helping their community and enhance their own professionalism.

Other city managers have noted Mardesen is well known and respected in the profession and is very active with state level activities.  He is also engaged in civic activity as a member of Rotary, Main Street Nevada, Economic Development Council, and a mentor in the local school district.

A fellow manager who nominated Mardesen for this award sums it up best, “Mardesen is a steward to his community and embodies the characteristics of a true leader.”

Congratulations to Matt Mardesen for his work as Nevada’s City Administrator and for receiving the Iowa City/County Management Association’s Manager of the Year Award.

The Iowa City/County Management Association was established in 1972 with the purpose of increasing the knowledge and abilities of local government managers and administrators, to promote the exchange of information between members and support the functions and aims of the International City/County Management Association. Additional information on the association can be found at http://www.iacma.net.

The Iowa City/County Management Association’s Annual Manager of the Year Award honors chief administrators whose accomplishments and superior work performance represent the best possible application of management principles and whose creative contributions to professional local government management increases public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in our communities.
To be considered for the Manager of the Year Award, the chief administrator must be a full (voting) IaCMA member.  Candidates must be employed as the chief appointed administrative officer in a municipality.  Candidates must have overall management responsibility and be appointed or confirmed by the legislative body, the elected chief executive and/or the chief appointed administrative officer.

The Association’s past award recipients include:
2007       Mike Van Milligen- Dubuque
2008       Jim Prosser- Cedar Rapids
2009       Carol Ann Diekema- Monroe
2010       Jeff Mark- Altoona
2011       Bill Daily- Belle Plaine
2012       Tom Brownlow- Charles City
2013       Jim Ferneau- Burlington
2014       Elizabeth Hansen – Nevada
2015       Jessica Kinser – Clinton
2016       Jeff Pomeranz – Cedar Rapids
2017       Aaron Burnett – Keokuk
2018       Michael Schrock – Oskaloosa
2019       Matt Mardesen – Nevada

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