Redenius returns

Todd Redenius, a former director of the local Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, has returned to the community to take a leadership role with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

He will begin working next week as the alliance’s community development director.

Redenius, who was most recently the director of parks and recreation in Ankeny, said Friday that the chance to return home was a major factor in his decision to take the job.

”This is my hometown,” he said. ”It’s a special place.”

”The momentum in Fort Dodge is incredible right now and to have a chance to be part of that and do what I can to make Fort Dodge a great place to live, work and play was very attractive to me,” he added.

He was the director of parks, recreation and forestry in Fort Dodge from 2000 to 2004.

During his tenure in that post, he worked with private sector groups to launch a project to expand and improve the city-owned Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. He said that most of the public projects he’s been involved with have included private sector participation.

His ability to work with both public and private entities made Redenuis the ideal candidate for the post, according to Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Growth Alliance.

”In the end, Todd brings a very diverse background and ability to build collaboration and communication,” Plautz said.

Redenius will be in charge of various programs conducted by the alliance. He will be the staff member assigned to work with Leadership Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge Young Professionals and the alliance’s Image Committee.

Plautz said his first chore will be developing a formal communication plan in which he will meet regularly with each member of the alliance.

Redenius is a native of Fort Dodge who graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and leisure services management from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University in Des Moines.

He began his career as the sports and activities director at the Fort Dodge YMCA. Redenius worked for the YMCA from 1997 to 1999. He then became the city’s parks, recreation and forestry director. In 2004, he became the parks and recreation director in Ankeny and held that post until November 2012.

Redenius replaces Amy Bruno, who resigned late last year.

Plautz said the alliance now has a full staff. In addition to him and Redenius, the roster includes Kelly Halsted, economic development director; Kathleen Koch, marketing director; Kate Comer, office manager; and Emily Mason, organizational administrator.