Iowa City hires new assistant city manager to start in December

Iowa City City Hall
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Iowa City hired a new assistant city manager, Ashley Monroe, to fill the job vacated by Geoff Fruin when he was promoted to city manager in July of this year.

Monroe will step into the Iowa City position on Dec. 1. She has worked for the Village of Hoffman Estates outside of Chicago since 2007, filling roles including assistant to the village manager, assistant planner and management analyst.

“I am very excited to welcome Ashley to Iowa City,” City Manager Geoff Fruin said in a press release. “Her background, skills and passion for local government will absolutely help us continue to strengthen the services we provide to the community and achieve the goals set forth by the City Council.”

Monroe has a master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in urban management and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a specialization in public administration from Northern Illinois University.

The city manager’s office implements the policy decisions made by the city council, enforces city ordinances and submits a proposed annual budget the city council for consideration and final approval. The office also oversees the administration of city contracts and supervises city department directors, among a number of other responsibilities.