New city staff named for FD

A new senior city planner and a new building inspector are on the job in Fort Dodge.

Carissa Miller was promoted from associate city planner to senior city planner. She replaces Stephanie Houk Sheetz, who resigned last month to become the planning and community services manager in Cedar Falls.

Troy Brandt is the new building official. He replaces Dennis Jordison, the building and electrical inspector who retired in June after 39 years of service. Brandt most recently worked as the director of physical facilities at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.

Their appointments were announced Monday by Chad Schaeffer, the city’s director of engineering, business affairs and community growth.

Carissa Miller

Miller said she will now be involved in more ”medium- to long-range planning.”

”I’m excited,” she said Monday. ”It should be fun. We have a lot to look forward to and a lot to plan for.”

She said in her new capacity, she’ll be more involved with trails, downtown projects and historic preservation. One of her immediate goals, she said, is to continue progress on the projects and plans now underway.

”I want to keep those rolling and keep Fort Dodge on the upswing because we are,” she said. ”We are on the upswing.”

Miller joined the city staff last year after working for three years with the Fort Dodge-based MIDAS Council of Governments. She worked there from 2010 to 2013, assisting smaller communities in the region with planning.

She has a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University in Ames. She also has a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from Iowa State University.

Schaeffer said a search for a new associate city planner has begun.

Troy Brandt

Brandt said he sought the building official position because it is something ”different and challenging.”

He has a master electrician’s license, a master plumber’s license and a master’s license for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration work.

Brandt studied air conditioning, heating and refrigeration work at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City and trained in small engine repair at Kirkwood Community College.

He has an associate’s degree from Iowa Central Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

He was the director of physical facilities at Iowa Central from 2001 until taking the city job this month. Previously, he was a skilled maintenance worker at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.

The new building official is a veteran of the Iowa Army National Guard and the Army.