CLINTON — The Clinton City Council voted 5-1 to hire Jeffrey Horne as the new city administrator in a special session Monday morning, ending a two-month search to replace former administrator Gary Boden.
Horne, the current city administrator of Mitchellville, is one of two candidates the city named as finalists earlier this month. The other was Camanche City Administrator Thomas Roth.
For the past three years, Horne worked in Mitchellville and prior to that was the city administrator in Eldora from 2005 to 2006 and the budget coordinator for Johnson County from 2000 to 2005.
Horne, 43, is a native of Iowa City and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Iowa and a master’s of business administration at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.
Second Ward Councilman Mike Kearney raised the only discussion before the vote, inquiring about what Horne’s specific salary rate will be and asking if the contract for the position was available to the council for review.
“I have not been satisfied with the process we’ve used from the beginning,” Kearney said.
Mayor Rodger Holm did not give a specific salary figure, merely stating that the city had advertised the position at $95,000 plus. He added that the contract will be presented to the council for review and agreement before Horne’s hiring is official.
Boden left his post in June, when the council voted 4-3 to accept his resignation. A few councilmen said Boden was forced out over disputes with Holm. Kearney was one of those who voted against Boden’s resignation in June, and the only councilman who voted against hiring Horne.
The city originally received 17 applications for the position, and narrowed the list to five candidates. The list was further narrowed when one of the five, former Hiawatha City Administrator David Van Dee, accepted a position elsewhere.
The other two finalists, Alan Johnson, former city manager of Independence, and Gregory Seefeldt, former Woodford County Administrator, were removed from consideration after it was discovered that both had been fired from previous tenures as city administrators.
City Attorney Paul Walter served as the interim administrator during the candidate search.