Matt Muckler was appointed as the city administrator for the City of Newton in January of 2017. He was previously the city administrator for the City of West Branch, IA and the assistant to the town manager for Buckeye, AZ. Matt also previously served as a state representative in the Missouri Legislature and as a Russian linguist in the U.S. Army. He received his bachelors degree in business administration from Saint Louis University and his masters degree in public administration from Indiana State University.

What do you think people should get to know about Newton?
Newton is a great place to raise a family. We are close to the Des Moines metropolitan area, while still maintaining our own identity as a community. We have great schools, lots of great housing opportunities, and we have cultural and recreational opportunities that you wouldn’t expect in a town of 15,000 people.

What’s an upcoming project you are excited to work on?
There is a lot of excitement around the renovation of a historic building in downtown Newton, the Hotel Maytag. The City Council has selected a preferred developer and has hired an architectural firm to apply for historic tax credits to help offset the cost of the project. Mayor Hansen has appointed a committee comprised of residents to work with the developer to ensure that the project has community input. I think this project will be a great benefit to our downtown area.

Why should business and industry consider Newton?
Businesses have expanded and new businesses have chosen Newton because of our location as a commercial and retail hub for central Iowa and as a result of the City’s responsiveness to the needs of the business community. The City has some great economic development partners in the Newton Development Corporation, Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce and Newton Main Street. They are always eager to assist new businesses in locating in Newton.

How is Newton preparing for the future?
Newton is investing in our infrastructure and providing a high level of services in a fiscally responsible manner. The City also continues to promote new housing and support programs to beautify our neighborhoods, parks, and downtown businesses.

What is Newton’s best-kept secret?
Our best-kept secret is this: Newton has a unique character and something for everyone. If you’re a racing fan, you can catch a race at Iowa Speedway. If you enjoy movies, catch one with Joy, the mini pig, at Capitol II Theatre or head out for an evening at Valle Drive-In. You can share your talents through the Newton Community Theatre. Staying healthy is easy at the Newton YMCA. Our parks, including the Newton Arboretum & Botanical Center, will please any nature enthusiast. We’ve got a great library that provides so much to our community. The list goes on and on.