For nearly seven years City Administrator Dick Hierstein has managed the day-to-day operations of the city's departments, monitored a multi-million dollar budget and worked with city leaders to make improvements to Marshalltown.
Today he officially began his retirement and handed the ropes to Randy Wetmore.
During his tenure Hierstein has proved that the city administrator form of government has been an effective way to manage Marshalltown.
With a $39 million budget, 170 employees and an array of city services to oversee, Hierstein isn't kidding when he says the job brings variety.
What he says are highlights of his career are projects that we residents of Marshalltown are proud of - working with local companies like Mechdyne, Fisher Controls and most recently an agreement for a new Menards store. Other projects like ridding the city of eye soars such as the Glick School and Arby Feeds building and making improvements such as the Center Street Viaduct also made his list.
Naturally, we have many city leaders to thank for these projects, but we thank Hierstein as the person behind the scenes - making certain all the projects were in motion.
We are grateful Hierstein carried out his career with a passion for Marshalltown.
Today we welcome Wetmore as the new city administrator. We expect the former assistant city manager of Des Moines to bring a wealth of experience with his 29 years in the field.