COUNCIL BLUFFS — Mayor Tom Hanafan has endorsed City Councilman Matt Walsh to succeed him as mayor.
Walsh has a “substantial amount of direct job experience” involving all aspects of Council Bluffs city government, Hanafan said in a statement.
“I have personally witnessed his strong work ethic, and he is very effective at what he does,” Hanafan said of Walsh. “He’s a problem solver who pays attention to details.”
Walsh’s business connections in the Omaha metro area and southwest Iowa could promote areawide collaboration, Hanafan said. Walsh is competing with former state lawmaker Brent Siegrist to replace the longtime mayor, who is retiring from the post he has held since 1988.
“I’ve worked with Tom for 18 years, and we’ve worked well together,” Walsh said.
“I’m proud of the fact that the man who has been our mayor for the past 25 years would think so highly of me to give me his endorsement.”