Carroll City Manager Gerald Clausen receives the Joe Lukehart Professional Service Award at the Iowa City/County Management Association’s regional summit held last week in Iowa City.
Carroll City Manager Gerald Clausen receives the Joe Lukehart Professional Service Award at the Iowa City/County Management Association’s regional summit held last week in Iowa City.
March 28, 2014



Gerald Clausen is a deep-thinker, a compassionate humanitarian and an eager mentor for fellow city managers, according to the Iowa City/County Management Association, which last week gave Clausen its Joe Lukehart Award.

Clausen has been the city manager of Carroll for 20 years. He previously was the city manager of Sheldon and Bloomfield, Neb., his hometown.

Clausen won the award at the association's regional summit in Iowa City.

The award is named for a past president of the association, a Webster City city manager, who "played an instrumental role in enhancing the professional development efforts of Iowa's city managers and assistants," according to the association.

Clausen was described by his nominator "as a compassionate humanitarian with a positive outlook on life. He is further described as one of the most deep-thinking people (the nominator) knows, noting that our award winner has had the opportunity to learn much and enjoys paying it forward. He is eager to share what he has learned to benefit others, and is quick with a story or quote."

Clausen said the award was a surprise that he humbly accepted.

"Many are worthy of this award and a few are recognized," Clausen told the Daily Times Herald. "Recognition by your peers is heartwarming. Much credit needs to be given to my management team, support staff, elected officials and the exceptional community of Carroll which continues to inspire me to serve people in the best manner possible. This was a humbling experience and I was overwhelmed with the award."

Clausen has been a member of the board of directors and other committees of the association, which formed in 1972 to help educate city adminstrators.

Jeff Mark, the city administrator of Altoona, won the award last year.