Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 23, 2013

Alan Johnson Q&A

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
The Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Q. Why do you want to be Centerville’s city administrator?

A. My wife and I are both from Davis County and would therefore welcome the opportunity to return to the area. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge that I believe would be very beneficial to the community. I have participated in many successful grants and project financing endeavors and have been part of some very rewarding programs for capital projects. I believe I possess a lot of good leadership qualities that can benefit Centerville. Municipal government is a big business. I possess the professional management capabilities that Centerville needs.

Q. If selected, what would be your first order of business?  Something that needs immediate attention.

A. There are so many things, but a thorough needs survey of the streets and utility infrastructure is essential; the planning and prioritizing of the work that needs to be done; and the best way to achieve it and pay for it.  

Q. What has been your impression of Centerville and the people who live in this area?

A. Since my wife could not attend this past weekend with me for the interviews due to her current job responsibilities, we came to the community the previous weekend. I did my homework. Not only did we tour the community in depth, we talked to several people about the community, the needs and desires. We came away with very good impressions and the feeling of being welcomed into the populace. I firmly believe that people were sincere with their observations and comments. The interview weekend was simply phenomenal; both in hospitality and candor. My wife and I would be proud to call Centerville….home.

Previously published background information for Alan Johnson.

Johnson has been the city administrator for the city of Anamosa with a population 5,533 since July 14, 2010 to present. He reports to the mayor and oversees 25 full-time employees.

His budget responsibilities include the preparation and submission of operating and CIP budgets: $2.2 million general fund and $7.3 million CIP.

From October 2001 to October 2009 he was the city manager in Independence, a community of 6,014 while supervising 28 full-time and 80 part-time employees.

From October 1994 to September 2001 he was the city manager in Sheldon, a community of 5,005 while supervising 43 full-time and 60 part-time employees. From November 1991 to October 1994 he was the DPW/Administrator in Bloomfield, a community of 2,580 residents while supervising 47 full-time and 50 part-time employees.

From 1989-91 he attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa earning an AA. In 1991 he attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City. No degree was earned.

In 1989 he attended the Moscow University in Moscow, USSR and was given a PHD/honorary.