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Indianola city manager Ryan Waller is one of four candidates interviewing to be the city manager of Marion, Iowa, according to information on the city of Marion’s web site.

According to a posting at, Waller will be participating in a public meeting with community members on Oct. 1. Kirsten Fisher, director of human resources in Marion, said there will be on site interviews on Saturday, Oct. 2.

"Ideally, council will have a decision that day but it goes without saying we will take the time needed to ensure we identify the right candidate for the City of Marion," she said in an email.

Ryan Waller

Ryan Waller

The city is seeking a candidate to replace Lon Pluckhahn, who had been city manager in Marion for 14 years and left in August for a position in Vancouver, Washington. According to a story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Pluckhahn was making more than $186,000 when he left Marion.

Marion is a town of more than 41,000 located next to Cedar Rapids.

Waller said Wednesday that there was little to share until the hiring process is complete. “Until then, I’m focused on ensuring we continue the great work taking place in Indianola,” he said in a text.

The Marion web sites describes the candidate for the position, including.

Aaron Kooiker, the city administrator in Fairfield, Iowa —  Kooiker has been the city administrator for the City of Fairfield, IA since 2017. Before that, he served as city administrator for the City of Hull, IA for five years. In addition, he has experience as both a police officer and a law enforcement instructor. Kooiker obtained his bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis on criminal justice from the University of Iowa and his master’s degree in public administration from Bellevue University.

Michel (Mike) J. Pogge-Weaver, the city manager of Carroll, Iowa — For the last five years Pogge-Weaver has served as the city manager of Carroll, IA. Prior to that, he served as county administrator in Swift County, MN. Other professional experience includes serving as city planner of Stillwater, MN and associate planner and planner I in Ankeny, IA. Pogge-Weaver holds a dual bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning and political science from Iowa State University and graduated from Hamline University with a master’s degree in public administration. 

Albert (Al) Roder, city manager of Independence, Iowa — Roder currently serves as city manager of Independence, IA, a position he’s held since 2014. His resume includes experience as county administrator, city administrator, planning consultant, and chamber and economic development executive. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Moorhead State University and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a master’s degree in public administration.

Waller has been with the city of Indianola since 2016. He currently earns $171,843, according to

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This would be a tremendous loss for our community, in my option. Ryan has worked tirelessly trying to help Indianola move forward and plan for the future. He is helping us all to have a more vibrate and growing community which will attract more business and industry, along with new younger home owners. This will help our tax base, our property tax amounts, our home values and city services. It is absolutely awful and embarrassing that a small number of Indianola residents have been so rude and vindictive to Ryan and his family. I don’t always agree with all the City is doing, but my idea isn’t always the best idea. The City (City Manager and City Council) are working for all of us!!! Let’s give them a chance and act like adults!!!

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