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Cedar Rapids hires new Flood Recovery and Reinvestment Director


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Just six weeks after Greg Eyerly resigned the post, Cedar Rapids' new Flood Recovery & Reinvestment Director is on the job.

City Manager Jeff Pomeranz announced Monday that he hired Joe O'Hern to fill the position and his duties began the same day.

According to the release, O'Hern will earn $116,563 a year and the position will be in place for 36 months.

"I'm pleased that Joe has chosen to join our team," Pomeranz said in a written statement. "He is well known throughout the state for his great work. Joe's experience and expertise will be valuable to our flood recovery success."

O'Hern has held many positions in Iowa including the Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority, Interim Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Secretary's Representative for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Chief Clerk for the Iowa House of Representatives.

Pomeranz says that O'Hern will be responsible for directing projects and programs to help the city recover from the floods of 2008.  He will coordinate recovery efforts with state and federal agencies and establish goals, benchmarks and objectives to measure recovery progress.

Cassie Willis, Communications Liaison for the City of Cedar Rapids, says the position was posted on January 26 and advertised for two weeks.  She says they received six applications and Pomeranz worked with a selection committee to interview the top three candidates.

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