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Mason City council appoints Brent Hinson as Deputy City Administrator and Finance Director

This news story was published on June 10, 2021.
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MASON CITY – The Mason City council this week appointed Brent Hinson as Deputy City Administrator and Finance Director after the sudden passing of Kevin Jacobson, who previously filled those roles.

Tuesday night at a special council meeting, City Administrator Aaron Burnett made the following remarks to the council before they approved the appointment of Brent Hinson as Deputy City Administrator/Finance Director:

With the unexpected passing of long-time Finance Director Kevin Jacobson last month, I have assessed the long-term needs of the City and created a new position of Deputy City Administrator/Finance Director to replace the Finance Director position.  The new position will retain all of the existing responsibilities of Finance Director, including managing the Finance function, IT, GIS and grant writing staff.  It also formalizes the role of this position as Acting City Administrator in my absence, and will permit me to assign this key manager to act on my behalf for a wide variety of boards, commissions, standing committees, departments and meetings.  The job description was evaluated by our external compensation consultant and was recommended to be classified as Grade U under our non-bargaining compensation plan.  This is the same pay grade level that earlier this year the Council approved Kevin Jacobson’s pay grade to be reclassified effective 7/1/21. The City began accepting applications for the vacancy on May 21st and commenced a statewide search for qualified candidates.  We received multiple applicants for the vacancy, and I reviewed each application.  From the list of candidates I interviewed Brent Hinson by phone and made the decision to offer him the position as the most qualified applicant. Mr. Hinson has served as City Administrator for the City of Washington, Iowa since 2011.  Prior to serving in Washington, Hinson was City Administrator in Garner, Iowa for six years.  He began his professional government sector career serving two years as Finance Director/City Clerk for Iowa Falls, Iowa.  For the past seven years he has operated a successful municipal consulting firm for Iowa cities, specializing in executive search, finance, compensation studies, and TIF analysis.  Hinson has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University and a Bachelors of Arts degree with a political science major from the University of Northern Iowa.  He is a ICMA Credentialed Manager and has served on a number of state, regional and local boards.  Hinson’s familiarity with North Iowa, knowledge of the complex field of government finance, experience with the unique needs of municipalities, and his strong passion for public service has prepared him to assist me in leading Mason City through the challenges facing us today. Attached are the specifics of the job offer I have made.  Starting salary is at Grade U, Step 7 ($131,186 annually).  In addition I have included accelerated vacation and sick pay benefits, and a moving/relocation allowance.  If approved, Hinson will assume his new responsibilities on August 9, 2021. The wages for the position are allocated as part of the approved budget. Appointment and approval of appointment of Brent Hinson as Deputy City Administrator/Finance Director at the June 8, 2021 Special Council Meeting.


Administrator Burnett outlined the process, duties and the recommended candidate. 


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9 Responses to Mason City council appoints Brent Hinson as Deputy City Administrator and Finance Director

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 14, 2021 at 9:05 am

    We have a bunch of godless, anti-Christian Democrats leading our nation’s public education system.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 11, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Snowflakes melt when someone strong hits the target.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 11, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 11, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    He was a Finance Director for 2 years; doesn’t have a degree in Finance or Accounting. Seems very qualified to be Assistant City Administrator; not so qualified to be City Finance Director. A little worried that he is a consultant on TIF.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 11, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Hopefully he is as good as Jacobson at doing the job.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 12, 2021 at 6:23 am

      “Hopefully he is as good as Jacobson at doing the job” Let’s see:
      Kevin graduated from Charles City High School in 1979, then attended accounting classes at NIACC and then graduated in business accounting from UNI in 1995. Shortly thereafter he applied for and received his Iowa Certified Public Account (CPA) license. As Chief Financial Officer for Mason City, Kevin was the recipient of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Public Financial Reporting for over 21 years. This is an award presented by the GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) and is the premier form of recognition of a city finance director’s management ability. By continually achieving this exceptional award Kevin clearly verified how qualified he was in managing Mason City’s Finance Department. Kevin was also a member of Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association-State of Iowa liaison, served as Chairperson at Iowa Finance Authority and Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association Board Member.
      What’s your guess?

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 11, 2021 at 5:25 am

    Very interesting. Mason City now has a City Administrator and an Assistant City Administrator, both paid in access of one hundred thousand dollars (plus huge benefits) a year. Or put differently, taxpayers are now forking out over a quarter-million dollars a year to spend more money for its leadership. How sweet it is!!

    • ex-Bill Reply Report comment

      June 12, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      Not for me…l am leaving you get to enjoy it all