Tom Markus to start Monday as Lawrence city manager

Lawrence’s new city manager, Tom Markus, is officially taking up the city’s top nonelected post next week.

Markus, 64, is coming to Lawrence from Iowa City, Iowa, where he served as city manager for five years. His start date is Monday.

In his first days in office, Markus plans to get to know city staff and stakeholders and get a grasp on Lawrence’s culture.

“My calendar is starting to fill in pretty well,” Markus said Thursday.

He’s wrapping up his time in Iowa City with a statewide city and county managers conference. Markus just finished leading Iowa City’s new City Council in completing its strategic plan and 2017 budget process — something he’ll start in Lawrence when he arrives.

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