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Waukee hires new city administrator

Ankeny assistant manager will begin new job Feb. 18

Tim Moerman, Waukee’s new city administrator, addresses the council at Thursday’s meeting. / CHRISTOPHER PRATT/THE REGISTER

After an extensive national search for a new city administrator, Waukee council members have hired a man with more than two decades of experience developing cities in Iowa.

Tim Moerman, who has been assistant city manager in Ankeny, will assume the job of Waukee city administrator on Feb. 18.

All five members of the Waukee City Council approved Moerman’s contract during a special session on Thursday. He will be paid a prorated annual salary of $132,000 through the end of June, and then $134,000 for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.

Waukee Mayor Bill Peard welcomed Moerman to the city on Thursday and invited him to address the council.

“This is a community with a very bright future, with a lot of things going on,” Moerman said.

Brad Deets, Waukee’s development services director, has served as interim city administrator since Jeff Kooistra resigned in May.

Moerman was hired by Ankeny in 2005 as director of community development. Building strong, trusting relationships with people helped him succeed there, he said.

Those skills will help him in Waukee, specifically with the Alice’s Road project, he added.

The multimillion-dollar road project would be a dominant issue during his first few months on the job, Moerman said.

Waukee has expanded its staff in recent years to complete the project, and forging good relationships with staff and the community will be important, he said.

“We’ll just have to capitalize on that, and bring that to a reality,” Moerman said.

Peard said Moerman’s ability to work with people and his can-do attitude were some of the qualities that made him a good fit for Waukee, which has increased in population by more than 8,600 people since 2000.

“I’m behind you 110 percent. I think it’s going to be a good relationship,” Peard said.

The new chief executive said he was eager to get to work, and that he had already thought through a lot of the issues that he would confront during his first 60 days.

Moerman’s resume also includes experience as assistant city manager in Dubuque from 1995 to 2001. He served as city administrator in Mason City from 2001 to 2005.

Spurring development along the Dubuque waterfront and redeveloping Mason City are among his accomplishments, according to a press release from the city of Waukee.

Moerman received his undergraduate business degree from Dordt College in Sioux Center and then a master’s degree in public administration from Iowa State University.

The council-approved contract will also compensate Moerman for moving expenses so he and his family can relocate to Waukee.

Councilman Shane Blanchard said Moerman’s background and experience would serve Waukee residents well.

“I think you’re going to be a great fit for this city,” he said.

After the 10-minute meeting concluded, Moerman stayed in the council chambers to address members of the parks board.

Clive City Manager Dennis Henderson said he has known Moerman for decades, and that Waukee officials made a good decision. “He’s worth every penny of that, and then some,” Henderson said of Moerman’s salary.

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