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MASON CITY | The Mason City School Board has hired a longtime Cerro Gordo County employee as its human resources director. 

Prior to reorganizing with new members, the board on Monday approved hiring Tom Drzycimski 6-1. Outgoing board member Paul DeRoy opposed the hire. 

Drzycimski has worked for Cerro Gordo County for nearly 20 years as administrative officer and zoning administrator. 

In his position with Mason City Schools, Drzycimski will receive a $110,000 salary, according to his one-year contract. That amount is prorated to $76,153.85, due to him starting after the beginning of the fiscal year July 1. 

The contract also stipulates he will receive an additional $9,438.60, equal to the cost of dependent health and dental coverage, and 25 vacation days.

Drzycimski's annual salary with the county this year is $104,646. 

His job with the county has evolved and has encompassed many roles since he replaced Larry Phearman as the planning and zoning administrator in 1997.

In his role as administrative officer, he has been involved in everything from courthouse maintenance to personnel issues.

"The county has been a great place to work so I'm pretty selective when I look at other job opportunities," said Drzycimski, who turns 48 Wednesday.

"This new job offers a great transferability of skills I have developed working for the county. It's a good organization and I stay in Mason City, which is important to me and my family."

Casey Callanan, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said Tuesday, "Over the years Cerro Gordo County has been fortunate to have dedicated employees such as Tom. He has worn many hats during his tenure and is respected by colleagues and citizens alike.

"We wish him the best going forward and have begun the transition process."

Drzycimski started his career working for the North Iowa Area Council of Governments, then worked for a community planning agency in Cedar Rapids before returning to Mason City to work for Cerro Gordo County.

Drzycimski will begin working for the school district Oct. 23. He replaces Jodie Anderson, who was working on a part-time, temporary basis after choosing not to renew her contract in July. 

The supervisors will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss filling Drzycimski's position. 


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