Joseph J. Johnson of South Sioux City has been hired as the new city administrator for Nebraska City.  Mayor Jack Hobbie made the announcement Monday.  Johnson’s first day will be June 27.  He will receive an annual salary of $83,500.

   Johnson is currently the assistant city administrator for the City of South Sioux City and was the city administrator at David City from 2006-2009.

   Hobbie said Johnson’s previous experience was a major factor in hiring him over the three other finalists that Hobbie and the city council interviewed last week.  Johnson was the only finalist who had held the position of city administrator. 


    Joseph J. Johnson of South Sioux City has been hired as the new city administrator for Nebraska City.  Mayor Jack Hobbie made the announcement Monday.  Johnson’s first day will be June 27.  He will receive an annual salary of $83,500.
    Johnson is currently the assistant city administrator for the City of South Sioux City and was the city administrator at David City from 2006-2009.
    Hobbie said Johnson’s previous experience was a major factor in hiring him over the three other finalists that Hobbie and the city council interviewed last week.  Johnson was the only finalist who had held the position of city administrator.  
    Johnson was born and raised in Nebraska.   In the interview, he said  he and his wife were looking forward to moving their family to Nebraska City.  They have two children and another on the way.  “We really love this community and we would really like to raise our kids here,” he said.
    This is the second time Johnson has interviewed for the position of Nebraska City City Administrator.  He also applied two years ago after Scott Bovick left the post.
    Mayor Hobbie said he is grateful to the committee who narrowed down the 36 candidates who applied for the position.  The committee consisted of Pat Friedli, city council members Brett Gay and Mark Mercer, Peggy Hobbie, and former councilman John Barton.
    Former City Administrator Pat Haverty announced his resignation this spring.  His last day was May 13.