Lansing, who started as Garner's city administrator in 2011, said earning the same position in Mason City would be a "career enhancement."

He added that he's happy about the positive mood in Mason City, made apparent by the River City Renaissance Project vote—both ballot items passed with over 74 percent approval.

Lansing emphasized that completing the project will be a top priority if he is selected.

"The first thing is get together with the (city) council and prioritize all the things that need to be done to see that through to fruition," he said.

Lansing added he has known Brent Hinson, Garner's former city administrator for eight or nine years, but doesn't believe it played a major role in him being a finalist.

"I’m assuming it was the candidates and what they bring to the table," he said about him and his four competitors.

When asked about serving a much larger community in Mason City, Lansing said if he were selected, he would rely on department staff to help him do his job.

"I don’t foresee difficulties," he said. "I’m making a assumption that Mason City has 'A' players as department heads … and  I work very well with department heads."

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