George Hollins, the University of Iowa’s business manager who has worked on the university’s flood fighting and recovery, appears to be the front-runner to fill a new city of Cedar Rapids post, flood-recovery director.
Late Monday afternoon, City Hall released the weekly City Council agenda with agenda item #39 stating, “Resolution approving the appointment of George Hollins as flood recovery director.”
A short time later, City Hall released an amended agenda showing item #39 crossed out.
Conni Huber, the city’s human resources director, said late Monday afternoon that all four finalist candidates remain candidates for the job.
Thirty-one people applied for the new post, and a nine-member selection committee picked six to interview.
Greg Eyerly, the city’s utilities operations manager, Tom Watson, Palo’s flood-recovery manager, Sara Jones, an emergency management planner in New Jersey, and Hollins are the four who remain in the competition.
This City Hall flood-recovery job is unique for Cedar Rapids because of how it will be financed — the private sector will pay some of the cost — and because it was created at the urging of Rockwell Collins, the city’s largest employer.
Hollins was earning $116,400 in salary at the University of Iowa in the 2008 fiscal year.