MASON CITY, Iowa – It looks like the next city administrator of Mason City will be arriving from Keokuk.
The city announced Monday it has reached a preliminary agreement with Aaron Burnett to take the job. Burnett has been the city administrator in Keokuk since 2015 and was city administrator in Humboldt for five years before that.
He won the Iowa City/County Management Association (IACMA) Manager of the Year Award in 2017 and worked in the past on the staffs of Congressmen Jim Nussle and Tom Latham, during which time Mason City says Burnett helped the community receive federal funding.
We spoke to Burnett today about being selected. He said he reached out to the search firm Mason City hired to find candidates only a few days after the city voted not to move forward with the original five finalists.
Burnett is confident he can help complete the River City Renaissance project saying he has experience with a number of large projects including a $75 million EPA project currently in the works in Keokuk.
One person we spoke to from the community says he is glad the council released the name and hopes Burnett keeps the public in mind while making decisions.
"He needs to court business of the right kind because that always adds," said Darwin Orras. "He needs to support the shopping because that always draws people in to our community and provides jobs."
A special city council meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 pm on Thursday where Burnett is scheduled to appear and his appointment will be voted on.