Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Director Resigning

By Rick Smith, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Greg Eyerly, the city's highly visible flood-recovery director, announced his resignation Friday.

He's leaving the post he's held for 18 months to join the Cedar Rapids office of worldwide engineering, architectural and consulting firm HDR Inc.

Eyerly, 46, who started work with the city three years ago as a wastewater specialist and utilities operations manager, said he has had other opportunities to move to the private sector, but now "the timing seemed a little better."

Eyerly said he might have left sooner if he didn't enjoy working with Mayor Ron Corbett and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz as much as he does.

"The family is a lot happier when mom and dad get along," Eyerly said, a reference to similarities in thinking that Corbett and Pomeranz share than Corbett and former City Manager Jim Prosser might not have. The City Council and Prosser, who selected Eyerly as the city's flood-recovery director, parted ways in April.

Eyerly had high praised for Corbett and Pomeranz, saying both "have great ideas, are enthusiastic and don't let moss grow under their feet."

Much of the job of flood-recovery director has been accomplished, Eyerly said. He said he has suggested to Pomeranz that the job's tasks now be rolled into more of a staff-level job in such a way that might allow the city to hire an assistant city manager.

Eyerly said he will make the transition to his new job in three to four weeks.

HDR Inc., he noted, has done flood-recovery work for the city, principally in the arena of water, water and energy management.
In a note to the mayor and City Council, Pomeranz on Friday said he had enjoyed working with Eyerly since Pomeranz took over as city manager on Sept. 20.

"I believe his dedication to the flood recovery of Cedar Rapids has really made a difference," Pomeranz said his note.

The city manager said he was preparing a transition plan so Greg's work would continue without interruption.
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