MOORHEAD — Moorhead's new Public Works Director Steve Iverson said he doesn't know if he's more honored, humbled or happy to have his job and be returning to his first employer.
Iverson, who has lived in south Moorhead since 1996, started his career in the city's engineering office.
He was first an intern in the Moorhead engineering office, then was hired on and worked for the department for 10 years.
Since leaving that job, he has had experience in many different fields, including working for the city of Fargo's planning department, a municipal construction firm and as director of development services for a development and construction management firm. He also started and owned his own development and construction management company and most recently was a senior project manager for Moore Engineering.
"I just thought it was a great opportunity to return to where it all started," Iverson said about his return to his roots. "I have a familiarity here having lived in south Moorhead all of my adult life. It's good to be back."
As far as his plans for the department, he said, "I'm not going to fix things that aren't broken."
He said the department operationally is "very sound."
He also said the former director, Steve Moore, has a strategic plan in place and discussed various issues with him. In leaving his post, Moore didn't go far as his new job is director of operations and emergency services for the Moorhead School District.
With his development and construction background, Iverson said he will also serve as an advisor to the city on the many redevelopment projects already started or upcoming in the growing community, several of which are in the downtown area.
He said he discussed that added role when interviewing for the job.
His main duties, however, are overseeing the city's streets and sanitation operations, as well as maintenance of the city's parks, golf courses and facilities.
Snowplowing, of course, is a big winter job, and Iverson said the city has "great equipment and staff."
The department's Randy Affield was interim director in the past few months, and Iverson had nothing but praise for how he handled the duties.
Iverson was officially hired by the City Council on Monday, March 8, for a salary of $124,054. City Manager Dan Mahli said the new hire has a "great reputation'" in private and public circles.