MUSCATINE, Iowa–The City of Muscatine ended their search for a new city administrator July 9 when the city council approved a contract to hire Carol Webb. With several years of municipal administration experience and roots in southeast Iowa, Webb looks forward to taking on her new role and plans to help keep the city moving in a positive direction.
Webb spent her childhood in southeast Iowa and wanted to find a way to return. While searching for city administration positions, she found the notice for Muscatine and felt drawn to it. “Muscatine stood out as the right opportunity primarily because through my research, I could see that great things are happening here,” she stated: “You have some fabulous parks, you have the river as an attraction, and you are making some significant improvements in the downtown area. What an exciting time to serve in this position.”
After earning her master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in local government and spending six years as deputy utilities director for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Webb felt ready to take on greater responsibilities. She plans to use her skills to help improve the city and collaborate with the city council, city staff, and the mayor to make it happen: “My focus will be on facilitating a high performing city organization, building on strengths and pursuing opportunities where they exist. I will also be spending time getting to know the community, its culture, and its short and long term priorities,” she explained. As her first step, Webb will draft a one year plan outlining her goals for helping the city. She will also begin taking up responsibilities relating to creating and implementing the city budget and carrying out directives from the city council and mayor.
As Webb assumes her new position, she cannot wait to learn more about Muscatine and to keep it flourishing. “I am really looking forward to working with the Muscatine community,” she shared. From the research I have done and the residents I talked to, I have observed some real ownership among community members who are committed to creating a special place to live, work, and play.”
Along with her official duties, Webb also pleasantly anticipates getting to know Muscatine better and to helping her husband, Howard, who teaches art, and their 11-year-old daughter, Matilda, get comfortable in their new city too. Together, they have plans to explore Muscatine’s many natural areas and bike trails, as they all enjoy biking, camping, and fishing. They also relish the chance to get to know Muscatine’s residents. “Everyone I have met – the mayor, city council members, staff, and community members have been welcoming and supportive,” Webb said.