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Encyclopedia Dubuque


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CITY MANAGER GOVERNMENT. In 1917 local residents who later became associated with the Good Government League were instrumental in permitting charter cities like Dubuque to adopt a city-manager form of government. The leader of the movement locally was Dr. James Alderson and the legislator who introduced the bill was Nicholas J. Schrup, Sr.. By 1920 through a vote of the residents, Dubuque became the first large Iowa city to change to this form of government from the former mayor-alderman system.

The first city manager was Ossian E. CARR. Other city managers have included C. E. Douglas, O. A. Kretz, Roger M. Evans, Laverne SCHILTZ, Albin Anton RHOMBERG, and Michael VAN MILLIGEN.



"But Birthday Passes with Search Still On," Telegraph Herald, April 17, 1960, Dubuque News, p. 1