Just past working hours in his corner office of City Hall, flooded with evening light coming in through wall-to-wall windows, Lawrence’s incoming city manager, Tom Markus, lifted himself from the leatherback chair on one side of the room and strode the few yards to his desk, piled high with papers, to answer his ringing phone.
“Especially at this hour, it’s usually a crisis,” Markus said before grabbing the receiver.
It was no reason to worry, though. In his five years as Iowa City’s city manager, Markus has navigated his share of challenging situations.
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