Cedar Rapids eliminates flood recovery post

Council member says current recovery director has done 'stellar' job

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The city no longer has a flood recovery director.

The City Council on Tuesday eliminated the job, the title of which had been expanded to flood recovery and reinvestment director as time passed.

Greg Eyerly was the city’s first flood recovery director and assumed the position in July 2009, 13 months after the city’s historic flood of June 2008. Eyerly left in January 2011 to take a private-sector job, and Joe O’Hern was hired to fill the spot with the expanded title in March 2011.

In September 2012, O’Hern assumed the new city position of executive administrator of development services, from where he continues to handle flood-recovery matters.

City Council member Ann Poe, who worked as the Cedar Rapids representative for the state of Iowa’s Rebuild Iowa Office in the first years after the state’s 2008 flood disasters, said on Tuesday that it was a good move by the city to create the flood recovery job.

Poe called it "another hallmark" of the city’s flood-recovery progress that the city can now eliminate the position. She said O’Hern has done a "stellar job."

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