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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 26, 2009

The man of the hour is Steven D. Woodley.

Today marks his last official working day as city administrator for the City of Estherville. At 4 o’clock sharp, he will be a former city employee who is embracing retirement.

Woodley has been the man in charge for the past 30 years. While there were times of celebrations, crisis, disappointments and joy, he kept his cool and wits about him. Estherville is his hometown. Born here, he did everything to preserve and protect the integrity that the city rightly deserves.

His reputation is spotless and has to be the envy of every other city administrator in the State of Iowa. When he was wrong, he would admit it freely. But when he was right, he dug in his heels.

It is quite obvious and should be to every citizen he is knowledgeable, courteous, complimentary, persistent, fair-minded, patient and not afraid to speak his piece.

Woodley is the type of city administrator who never shook in his shoes. He did his job to the best of his ability; always with the taxpayers’ dollars in mind-and for that we are very grateful.

As he bids the job adieu, he only has praise for all of the dedicated city employees. Woodley also has high regard for his successor Penny Clayton who takes the reins bright and early on Wednesday, July 1.

So on this his last day in public service, we say thank you Steve Woodley for your loyalty, dedication and love for the City of Estherville. We are better off for your presence.

You will be missed.