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Passing the "Buck"

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- All the paperwork is signed and notarized, and Buck Clark is officially Waterloo's newest mayor. Monday evening a judge will formally administer the Oath of Office. But before the pomp and circumstance, both Clark and Former Mayor Tim Hurley reflected on what has passed, and what is to come for the city.

"It was an internal kind of clock that said, it's time," Hurley began.

Leaving his role as Waterloo's leader was the right decision, at the right time, for Hurley. But that doesn't make it an easy one.

Hurley said, "when I stopped getting so many emails and phone calls, and started cleaning up the office, it was sort of an emotional moment, just a quiet emotional moment for myself where I sort of realized, geez, this is the end."

As the new year begins, Hurley is putting down his gavel... and Clark is preparing to pick it up.

"Basically, starting Monday, the mayor's job is my full-time responsibility," Clark told KWWL as he packed up his office at Jameson's Public House.

Along with a load of files, Hurley is passing on a community which - he believes - is better off than when he started.

"I think we're at a point where we're ripe with possibilities," Hurley noted.

Clark added, "I was a little overwhelmed with the stack of files that he presented me with. There's a lot of stuff going on in this city right now that everybody's not aware of - a lot of really good stuff."

Hurley and Clark both concede, they are very different men. But they do share a passion for public service, and credit others in the community for continuing to turn the city they love... into the city they know it can be.

Hurley explained, "there are all kinds of unsung people out there who don't get an interview, that are doing probably much more than I have, and they do it selflessly. And that's what makes this a great community."

Hurley will remain on the County Gaming board, and continue his position with Cedar Valley Tech Works. But the first item on his retirement list - putting away the Christmas decorations.

Clark is taking on the job at a time of major transition. Several city workers are retiring this year, including the Chief of Police. Clark said it's a shame to lose the knowledge and talent, but he's looking forward to bringing new people, with fresh ideas, to the city.

Online Reporter: Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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