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Input session on important new city position draws few

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A public input session designed to find a "Rebuild Cedar Rapids Director" failed to draw much of a crowd Monday evening. But as one city official put it, it was a success in terms of drawing great ideas.

The job title of "flood recovery manager" is nowhere near set in stone, but Tom Hobson knows he and other members of the community will play a major role in shaping it.

"I think participation would be good to get a variety of ideas."

He has a few ideas of what the right candidate's experience and responsibilities would be.

"Knowledge of, and awareness, of how you respond and act...in disaster recovery." He also thinks the right candidate should serve as a "single point of interface to the federal, state and other local governments."

Good suggestions, says Cedar Rapids' Director of Human Resources, Conni Huber. But she wants more of them, considering how important a role the position will play in the city. "This is a key job," she told us. "It's something our legislators have suggested, our business community has suggested, our neighborhoods have suggested."

Aside from being a possible contact for all-things flood-related, she says the flood recovery manager's responsibilities may also include serving as a point person to lawmakers, and managing projects associated with flood recovery and prevention. Salary for the job has yet to be decided, but Huber says it will be funded mostly by private contributions. Need for the position would be evaluated on a yearly basis.

Candidates for the position will need go through a screening process, including interviews with the city council, community stakeholders, and city staff. The final selection would be made sometime in mid-June.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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