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Member Profile: Carl Swenson

City of Peoria
City Manager

Where are you originally from?
Tacoma, Washington

Why did you decide to pursue a career in local government?
After studying Urban Sociology, I decided I wanted to be a practitioner instead of an academician.

What do you like most about your job?
I really enjoy working with people. I enjoy solving complex problems, working on answers and solution which would benefit our society.

What areas of local government interest you the most?
All of it!

As a local government professional, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a city manager is the ability to teach and support young professionals just starting out in their careers in local government and city management.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
The best piece of advice I was given came from a city manager I was working for. He gave me a one-word evaluation. The word? "PATIENCE". Best piece of advice I ever received.
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