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Marengo hires new financial manager

By NICK NARIGON

Patricia Hanover started her first day as the financial manager for the City of Marengo Monday, Jan. 11.

Marengo City Council approved Hanover’s hire Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. Hanover, 50, Marengo, replaces Christine Fettkether, who left the city Nov. 25, 2009. Fettkether, in turn, replaced longtime city financial manager Barb Barrick, who was hired as the city clerk of Fort Dodge in July 2009.

Hanover moved to Marengo a year and a half ago from the Iowa City/Coralville area with her husband Jerry. Pat said they moved to Marengo to be closer to timber and forest land Jerry owns near Shellsburg. In addition, she said the housing market was much more affordable in Marengo. Pat said she “loves” living in Marengo.

“People are very friendly and make you feel welcome,” she said. “We like it here, so we aren’t going too far.”

Hanover grew up in Jones County and graduated from high school in Olin. She lived in the Iowa City/Coralville area for the next 26 years. She worked in a CPA firm for four years, where Hanover said she received her training.

“I learned from the school of hard knocks,” she said.

For the past 12 years, Hanover worked for Heartland Express trucking company. She started as an accountant and rose up the ranks to become the assistant for the chief financial officer.

Hanover said she was attracted to the financial manager position with the city for several reasons. First, it was close to home. Also, she said she was working 60 hours a week at Heartland, and the city position is a 40 hour a week job.

“I also look forward to the challenge and opportunity,” Hanover said.

Patricia has two children of her own and Jerry has two children from a previous marriage. The couple own a two-year-old macaw named Harley that “loves to do antics for everybody.”

“People know where we live when we say we are the ones with the bird in the window,” Hanover said.

Marengo City Administrator Brent Nelson said Hanover has previous work experience dealing with accounts payable and receivable and payroll, which will help in her new position. Also, she has previous experience doing audits for cities.

“She has somewhat of a knowledge of how the different funds work,” Nelson said. “Hopefully she can be an asset to the city.”

STREETSCAPE PHASE II

Marengo City Council passed a motion to send out plans and specifications for phase II of the downtown streetscape project.

Greg Roth, Veenstra and Kimm project architect, said the council discussed the plans last fall and added to new specifications.

UPDATED January 13, 2010 4:16 PM

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