Last Thursday, Sept. 15, Manning City Manager, Dawn Rohe, was pleasantly surprised during the annual Iowa League of Cities Awards Banquet when she was named the winner of the Rhonda Wood Smith Award. Smith was a single parent, working as a municipal contractor and also serving as mayor of Garner when she succumbed to cancer in early 1997. Her outstanding reputation as a civic-minded community member led to the development of this ward to recognize the exemplary work of young city officials and those new to city government. Rohe, who prefers to remain out of the headlines and work behind the scene, has been instrumental in the phenomenal progress seen in the Manning community. During the presentation, she was commended for leading through bold innovation and commitment and was recognized for being a great role model to other city officials, “young and not-so-young” alike.
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