City of Altoona Names Incoming City Administrator


The City of Altoona City Council formally announces the hiring of new City Administrator, John Harrenstein.

Harrenstein has served as North Mankato, Minnesota’s City Administrator for the previous nine years. In his current position he oversees all aspects of city operations, budget, and planning. Key accomplishments include growth in both residential, commercial, and industrial developments, and partnering with sporting groups to expand recreational amenities.

Harrenstein states, “My family and I are excited to join the Altoona Community. I am humbled to be given this opportunity and excited to begin work with the residents, Mayor and City Council, and staff of the city.”

Born and raised in Clear Lake, Iowa, Harrenstein is happy to come back to the state. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Organizational Communication. Harrenstein attended the University of Kansas and acquired a Master of Public Administration degree.

“I am also thankful to Jeff Mark whose 26 years of leadership laid the foundation for future success. Altoona’s future is bright and I look forward to being a part of its continued growth and development,” Harrenstein added.

Mayor Dean O’Connor states, “I am pleased to welcome John Harrenstein to the City of Altoona. His experience and leadership will continue the positive success and ongoing progress for the City of Altoona. He will be a tremendous asset to the community in the role of our City Administrator.”

Harrenstein’s start date with the City of Altoona is yet to be determined.