Wednesday, September 19

North Liberty Names Heiar as City Administrator

The Press-Ctizen reports that the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday picked Ryan Heiar of Eagle Grove to be the city's new city administrator. Heiar was one of 21 candidates for the job.

Some background about him:

According to a web source, Ryan Heiar didn't always want the job of being a city manager. Growing up the son of Manchester, Iowa's city manager, Dave Heiar (now the Economic Development Director in Dubuque), he knew about the long hours away from home and the sometimes angry phone calls his father received. "I always said there was no way I was ever going to be a city manager," said Heiar.

A public administration class Heiar took in college at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, changed his mind.

In 2006, he won an award from the Iowa League of Cities. Heiar was honored with the Rhonda Wood Smith Award was created to recognize exemplary work of young city officials and those new to city government. The criteria included innovation, bold leadership, commitment and sacrifice.

He served the Eagle Grove community by delivering meals of wheels and serves on the Country Club Board as a Director. He demonstrates sacrifice to the community by contributing countless hours to make events such as the 125th Eagle Grove Birthday Bash and the 2004 RAGBRAI stop a success. He has also been a big supporter of the Iowa City/County Management Association, serving as the Chairperson of their Diversity Committee last year. He also has served as a member of the Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference Site Selection Committee.

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