Iowa City officials set to appoint new clerk

Christopher Guidry is former ACT employee

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IOWA CITY — An Iowa City resident who most recently worked as an education technology consultant and as director of workforce solutions at ACT has been tapped to become the city’s next clerk.

Christopher Guidry, 42, is expected to win approval from the Iowa City Council when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 410 E. Washington St.

According to city council documents, Guidry would begin his duties on Wednesday and earn a salary of $87,000.

The position of city clerk became vacant after Marian Karr, who worked in the office for more than 30 years, retired at the end of December.

“I’ve really been wanting to get into city government and be able to help out Iowa City,” said Guidry. “It’s a great city. We’ve been here five years now and we’ve wanted to stay here and become a bigger part of the city. I’m very excited about working with the whole staff.”

Guidry said he knows he has big shoes to fill.

“Marion Karr, obviously, is a legend,” he said, noting he plans to reach out to her. “Hopefully we can continue to uphold the same standards in the Clerk’s Office that she had.”

The City Clerk’s Office maintains records and the city code. It’s also responsible for some licensing and permits, as well as helping staff and the public with any city research, according to a news release from the city.

Aside from his time at ACT, Guidry previously worked for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Chicago Board of Education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University and a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago.

He and his wife Alysha have two sons, Blaise, 10, and Clive, 8.

“Chris is an exceptional candidate,” said Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton. “We are excited to bring him on board and believe he will serve our community well in this vital role.”

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