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June 23, 2013

Patrick Antonen Q&A

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

A. I would be honored to serve as the city administrator of Centerville. I have prepared myself academically for this position as well as with my current position with the state of Iowa. I believe Centerville has a lot of potential and if chosen I look forward to making a positive difference in this community.

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

A. My first order of business is to meet with the mayor and council as well as community members to determine what they believe to be the critical issues to be addressed in the near future. From the interview process it seems the infrastructure is a major concern as well as economic development.

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

A. My wife and I have enjoyed meeting the mayor, council, senior management team and community members. We are very familiar with the area and look forward to becoming a part of the community. We had a great experience interacting with everyone we met in Centerville and I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the process.

Previously published background information for Patrick Antonen.

Antonen is the project officer for the state of Iowa – Homeland Security Emergency Management. He started in that position in July of 2011. He reports to the State Hazard Mitigation Officer. He oversees approximately 100 employees.

His budget responsibility includes grants administration. His budget amount totals more than $25 million in federal grants.

From 2009-2011 he was the adjunct professor graduate researcher at the University of South Dakota. From 2008-2009 he was the Ph.D. intern-governor in Pierre, S.D. From 2007-2008 he was the city management intern in Yankton, S.D. with a population of 14,454. From 2004-2005 he was the planning and management intern in St. Cloud, Minn. with a population of 60,000.

From 2001-2006 he attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. and received a B.S. degree. From 2006-2008 he attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. and received a MPA degree. From 2008 to current he is pursuing a PhD at the University of South Dakota.

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