MORRISON – A Morrison High School graduate will become the new city administrator.
On Thursday, the City Council unanimously voted for Barry Dykhuizen as administrator. He will make $77,000 a year and is expected to start Oct. 14.
Since 2007, he has been the manager of Guttenberg, Iowa, which is along the Mississippi River in northeastern Iowa. Morrison is about twice the size of Guttenberg.
After taking office in May, Mayor Everett Pannier announced he would not renew the contract of City Administrator Jim Wise, who served for 2 years.
Fifty people applied for the administrator’s position. On Saturday, the council interviewed four finalists behind closed doors.
Morrison Online posted the names of the finalists before the meeting. The other three, confirmed by the mayor, were William Catalano, city administrator for Le Roy; David Strohl, former business manager for Morton; and Ryan Wiesen, clerk-treasurer for Monticello, Wis.
According to a news release, Dykhuizen has an “excellent” background in community planning, infrastructure improvements and economic development.
He attended Fulton Christian School and graduated from Morrison High School. He got his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northeastern University in Chicago in 2005, and his master’s degree in public service from DePaul University in Chicago in 2008.
He is married with three children – 2-year-old twins (a boy and girl) and a 4-year-old boy.
In May, Dykhuizen was one of four finalists for the administrator position for the village of Mukwonago, Wis., which is nearly twice the size of Morrison. Someone else got the job.