Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 23, 2013

Joe Gaa Q&A

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
The Daily Iowegian

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

A. As a current administrator in a city with a population of 1,500, I aspire to obtain the same position in a slightly large, yet still rural, community. Centerville fits that aspiration well. After completing the interview process, I am confident that Centerville provides a great opportunity to establish the role of city administrator.

Q. If selected, what would be your first order of business?

A. During the interview process I heard discussion of many city projects at various stages of development. Getting full updates on each project to keep the developments progressing would be my first priority.


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

A. The hospitality shown during the interview process was impressive and appreciated. It seems that there is a great deal of civic engagement and pride throughout the community. I saw many positive attributes of the city-if I had to pick my favorite, it would be the town square and the quality businesses there.

Previously published background information for Joe Gaa.

Gaa has been the city administrator from December 2010 to the present in Woodbine, a city with a population of 1,459. He reports to the mayor and oversees a total of 12 full-time and 20 part-time/seasonal employees.

His budget responsibilities include the preparation and submission of the operating and capital budgets, $2 million in general fund, $2 million in utility funds and $1 million in capital projects.

From 2008-2010 he was the parks administrator for Sebastian County, Ark. with a population of 120,000. He supervised 18 full-time and six part-time employees. From 2005-2008 he was the assistant instructor at the University of Arkansas. From 2004-2005 he was the coordinator at N.W. Missouri State University with one staff and from 2000-2003 he was the district executive with Pony Express BSA.

From 1992-1999 he attended N.W. Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. earning a BS degree in Public Administration. From 2003-2004 he attended N.W. Missouri State University earning a degree in MS- Rec. Mang.