County administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver takes Carroll, Iowa job

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Jonathon Pogge-Weaver resigns his Benson City Council seat

Swift County Administrator Mike Pogge-Weaver, 39, has been hired by the city of Carroll, Iowa, as its new city manager. It is expected that he will start his new job in October.

Pogge-Weaver grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, just 60 miles to the northwest of Carroll. The city is the county seat of Carroll County and a town of just over 10,100 people.

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners has already started the process to find a new administrator agreeing to hire Twin Cities’ professional search firm Springsted at its meeting last Tuesday.

With Pogge-Weaver leaving, the Benson City Council will also lose one of its members. His husband, Jonathon Pogge-Weaver, was elected to a four-year term on the council in November 2015 and began his term in January. He also works as a pharmacy tech at Breen’s Pharmacy.

Jonathon Pogge-Weaver told the Monitor-News Tuesday morning that he had submitted his resignation from the council effective at the end of the meeting Oct. 3. He is from Des Moines, IA. It is likely the city will be scheduling a special election to fill his seat sometime early in 2017.

County commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 27, to consider accepting Pogge-Weaver’s resignation effective Oct. 1.

Springsted’s Sharon Klump was expected to be in Benson Tuesday to meet with members of the county board to get individual input on what each is looking for in the county’s new county administrator. She is also expected to meet with key county staff.

At Monday night’s Swift County-Benson Health Services Governing Board meeting, Pogge-Weaver said that his last day with Swift County could be Oct. 21 with his new job starting Oct. 24.
Pogge-Weaver serves on the governing board as a county representative.

“It was a very difficult decision,” Pogge-Weaver said. He wasn’t even looking for another job, he said, but was contacted by a “head hunting” firm doing a search for an administrator. Because he has family close by Carroll, it was very difficult not to consider applying for the job, Pogge-Weaver said.

He said he would very much miss the work he has been doing in Swift County...

 

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