Decorah City Clerk/Treasurer Inducted into ILC Hall of Fame

Wanda Hemesath Iowa League Hall of FameDecorah, IA (September 10, 2020) – The City of Decorah and the Iowa League of Cities announced Wanda Hemesath, Decorah City Clerk / Treasurer has been inducted into the League’s Hall of Fame.

The Iowa League of Cities created the Hall of Fame Award to recognize individuals who have provided extraordinary public service to the League and local government.

Hemesath has served the City of Decorah for more than 40 years and has been actively involved in State level panels, committees, and leadership programs for many years.

One of her greatest passions has been as an advocate for cities in Municipal Fire & Police Retirement System (MFPRSI) Summit discussions, lobbying for reform that is both equitable for cities but also fair for employees. There are few in the State that understand the nuances of Chapter 411 and fewer that truly comprehend the lasting impact of this system on municipalities.

“Few people pour their entire lives into a passion that motivates them with desire to help others, grow and strengthen their communities and improve their organizations. This inductee has continued to exemplify that passion and desire for her community and the city for more than 40 years”, said Larry Nagle, a current public official and Hall of Fame member.

She has been a student of the profession, always learning and engaging and she has become a teacher of the craft, sharing her experiences and skills with so many others. Hemesath has worked for the City of Decorah 41 years. She held several positions within the administrative office and has served in her current capacity the past 26 years.

Hemesath attained the Master Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2005 and the Iowa Municipal Clerk certification in 2006. She served on the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) Executive Board of Directors for 10 years and was the President in 2003. She served on the Iowa League of Cities Curriculum Committee 2010 and 2011. Professional affiliations include International Institute for Municipal Clerks, Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association, Northeast Iowa Clerks Association and the Northeast Iowa Safety Alliance, since 2011 as President. Wanda currently serves on the IMWCA Board of Trustees.

The Iowa League of Cities’ Hall of Fame is not limited to city officials, but includes individuals who have provided exceptional support to city government and extraordinary service to cities in training, education, and development of local leadership, advocating for cities and good local government, and providing exceptional professional assistance and support to cities.

The Iowa League of Cities is the oldest, continuously operating municipal league in the country. Founded in 1898, the League is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for issues affecting cities throughout Iowa. The League provides wide-ranging services for cities including research, workshops, reports, publications, pooled investments and risk management. Decorah is a member of the Iowa League of Cities.

Additional questions may be directed to the office of the City Manager, City Hall, 400 Claiborne Drive, Decorah, IA 52101.


Decorah Parks & Recreation Administrative Coordinator Receives Award

Judy Syverson AwardDecorah, IA (September 10, 2020) – The City of Decorah and the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association announced Judy Syverson, Parks & Recreation Department Administrative Coordinator has been named the Administrative Coordinator of the Year.

The Iowa Parks & Recreation Association created the Administrative Coordinator of the Year award to recognize individuals who have provided extraordinary public service to their departments and the Association.

Syverson has worked for Decorah Parks and Recreation since 1976. She is the first and only person that has ever served as administrative coordinator for the department. Her knowledge of the Department and the parks and programs in Decorah is unparalleled. Syverson exudes a strong work ethic, zest for life, and commitment to the City of Decorah that has propelled the Decorah Parks and Recreation Department to become one of the premier Departments in the Midwest over the last 44 years.

“It has been an absolute honor to work with Judy. Judy is the essence of Decorah Parks & Recreation and her career’s work is exemplary and she is most deserving of this state-wide recognition” notes Parks and Recreation Director, Andy Nimrod.

Syverson recently lead an upgrade to the Department’s online registration program for recreation activities. Judy had created the department’s first ever electronic registration system in 1987 and she jumped at the opportunity to learn something new. Implementing this new system nearly 30 years later, Judy is a staunch supporter of the new system and even played a starring role in a rap video created to promote it on social media! It would have been easy for Judy to have put this new registration system off until after she retired. Her efforts benefit all of customers and users of the ystem and inspire Department staff to keep striving for improvement.

The IPRA is an organization made up of parks and recreation professionals throughout the state of Iowa.

Additional questions may be directed to the Andy Nimrod, Director, Parks & Recreation, 400 Claiborne Drive, Decorah, IA 52101 or 563-382-4158.