Pocahontas is losing its city administrator

POCAHONTAS – The city administrator of Pocahontas will resign at the end of next month, and will return to the family farm in Buena Vista County.

“Family duty calls, I guess,” Robert Donahoo said Friday of his upcoming departure.

He has been the city administrator since 2008. His last day on the job will be Jan. 31.

Donahoo said he’s pleased that during his time in city government the property tax rate was reduced and the amount of money in the cash reserve has grown. He attributed that to “just good budgeting.”

“You always like to leave the house in better shape than you found it,” he said.

Among other accomplishments, he cited the debut of a new residential subdivision on the city’s northeast side and the switch to LED bulbs in all of the city’s street lights. Donahoo said Pocahontas was the first city in the nation to do that when the conversion was completed in 2011.

The city administrator post has been advertised through the Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. Donahoo said some applications have already been received. He said he expects the council will start reviewing the applications in late January.

Donahoo will be the fifth generation of his family to run the farm, which produces corn, soybeans and hogs.