Tom Markus (City Manager for Iowa City, Iowa) named Lawrence’s next City Manager


The Lawrence City Commission is pleased to announce Tom Markus has been selected as the final candidate for the position of City Manager. Markus currently serves as the City Manager for Iowa City, Iowa and has over 40 years of municipal government management experience in four Midwestern states. A contract for employment will be considered by the City Commission on Tuesday, January 19 at their regular meeting.

“As a Commission, we were impressed with Tom’s experience in strategic planning and his understanding of the unique challenges facing university communities,” said Mayor Mike Amyx. “He will be a great asset to Lawrence and I look forward to working with him on community issues. As a City Commission and government, we recognize there are many issues on the horizon including affordable housing, economic development, and maintaining the strong quality of life our citizens rely on daily.”

Markus is originally from Waseca, Minnesota and began his career as an administrative intern. Throughout his career, he’s worked on the development of capital improvement programs, reorganization of municipal departments to capitalize on efficiency and accountability, oversight of financial and budgetary considerations including economic development programs, and the creation of development plans. He has a strong interest in social justice and growth issues between the urban core and suburban areas of communities.

“What attracted me to Lawrence, before I even visited, was the fact it is a university town,” said Markus. “Lawrence, like many college communities, faces similar challenges I have dealt with in my tenure at Iowa City and I enjoy the task of balancing these issues for the greater good.”

Markus said he is particularly interested in the opportunity to test his skills in a larger community with a larger industrial base.

“What I love the most about university communities are the active and engaged residents,” said Markus.

He is expected to begin his role as City Manager for Lawrence the week of March 21, and must establish residency, pursuant to City Code, within six months. His salary will be $190,000.

Markus has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a core curriculum in Finance and Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association and attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.

Markus and his wife, Debra, are empty-nesters with three grown children living in Michigan, Wisconsin and Utah. He also has family residing in Overland Park, Kansas and looks forward to quickly familiarizing his family to the Lawrence community.

Source: Lawrence, Kansas.

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