Lance Dunn hired as Waterloo human resources head

Lance Dunn
Lance Dunn hired as Waterloo human resources head

TIM JAMISON May 2, 2017

WATERLOO — An East High School graduate with experience in local industries has been chosen as the city’s new human resources director.
Lance Dunn was appointed Monday to fill the position vacated last fall when former City Clerk-Human Resources
Director Suzy Schares resigned to start a business.

Dunn, a Waterloo native and 1989 graduate of East High, played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Mankato State, now known as Minnesota State University, in 1994.

He worked for two years as an assistant human resources manager at IBP, now Tyson Fresh Meats, before moving to a position at Ralston Purina in the Quad Cities and then Columbus, Ohio. Dunn returned to the Cedar Valley to work for Nestle, in Waverly, and joined Eagle Ottawa Tanning in Waterloo as a human resources manager in 2000.

“I’ve got about 14 or 15 years of human resources experience,” Dunn said. “It’s going to be a little different from the private sector being in the public sector.

“I view human resources as a service,” Dunn added. “I’ll have a better feel for what’s needed once I get to talk to the different directors to get a better idea of what they’re looking for.”

Dunn begins in his new position May 15 and will earn $84,000 a year. Longtime city Human Resources Director Jim Rodemeyer, who returned on an interim basis following Schares’ departure, will retire again.

Mayor Quentin Hart recommended Dunn for the position following a search process.

Council members voted 5-2 to approve the appointment, with Councilmen Steve Schmitt and Bruce Jacobs voting no. Councilman Tom Lind joined Schmitt and Jacobs in suggesting the position should remain vacant for now but voted in favor of the motion.

“I really think we should have a hiring freeze until we have some kind of reorganization plan in place, or at least have talked about it, because we may be stuck with department heads that now we don’t need or aren’t going to fit in the scheme of things,” Lind said.

Schmitt said his vote “has absolutely nothing to do with that individual” being appointed.

Hart noted the city is evaluating a potential organizational restructuring. The city’s strategic plan has July 2018 goal to put such a plan in place.