A candidate for the Muscatine City Council, Michael Rehwaldt, is picking up the endorsement for the Muscatine Fire Fighters. Michael Rehwaldt is running against 2nd Ward Alderman, Mark LeRette who, in addition to seeking re-election on the city council, is running for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. Muscatine Fire Fighters are throwing their support behind Rehwaldt. Darren Brooke is president of the Muscatine Fire Fighters Association, Local 608. The election is Tuesday, November 5th.
The city of West Liberty’s mayor and city council are picking up the pieces after the recent firing of West Liberty City Administrator. The chief will be in charge for the time being in West Liberty. City Council voted at a meeting Tuesday evening to appoint West Liberty police chief, Lawrence McNaul, as acting city manager until city officials can find a replacement. Along those lines, the city appointed a committee including Mayor Chad Thomas, Councilmember Robert Hartman and City Clerk Missy Carter to investigate possible search firms that could be used in the search. Last week, the council terminated Chris Ward who had been manager for nine years after city officials claimed they no longer had trust in him due in part to his handling of the city recycling program. At the time, Ward’s attorney, Bill Tharp, disputed that the concerns weren’t worthy of Ward’s termination.
A Muscatine backbone, The HNI Corporation, has announced sales for the third quarter, which ended September 28th of nearly $566 million. That is a 3% increase from the prior year quarter. HNI also is reporting a net income of $28 million, a 15% increase from the prior year quarter. Stan Askren is the chairman, president and CEO. He says that HNI delivered solid sales and profit growth in its office furniture businesses despite a recent sharp decline in Federal Government spending. He says continued strong profit growth has been driven by outstanding operational performance and growth in the new construction and remodeling channels.