By Kate Klimesh,
At the Monday, July 19 Decorah City Council meeting, the council approved the employment agreement with Travis Goedken for the position of City Manager. Anticipated start date will be Sept. 13, 2021.
Goedken is the current City Administrator of Humboldt. He has served in a past administrative position with the City of Cherryvale, Kan., as Deputy City Clerk for the City of Tiffin, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University. He has a total of nine years of local government experience and has served as a volunteer firefighter.
The city is offering a salary of $122,500 with an adjustment to $125,000 following a successful six-month satisfactory evaluation. Goedken noted that, “Decorah has been a target for a long time,” and is “looking forward to the next chapter of our lives.”
The city will finalize the start date with Goedken, who will be moving to the Decorah area with his wife, Tara, and their children.