City of Bettendorf, Iowa

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City of Bettendorf Announces Retirements



DATE:  December 5, 2011


SUBJECT:  City of Bettendorf Announces Retirements


CONTACT: Tracey Kuehl, 563-344-4161 or and Wally Mook, 563-344-4128 or



The City of Bettendorf announces the retirements of Wally Mook, Director of Public Works and Tracey Kuehl, Director of the Family Museum.


Mook joined the City of Bettendorf on July 3, 1995 as the Director of Public Works.  Prior to that, he served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers for over 26 years on active duty and retired with the rank of Colonel.  He had two previous assignments as a public works director while in the military.  His last assignment was with Army Material Command at Rock Island Arsenal where he commanded Installations and Services Activity.


Major achievements during Mook's tenure with Bettendorf include the construction of one of the first roundabout traffic control intersections in the State of Iowa; two bridges on major arterial roads that utilize Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement to replace steel reinforcement in the concrete decks to extend the life of the structures.  One of the bridges uses 3 different deck systems, including an all-FRP structure that produces composite action with the concrete support beams and is still the first in the nation to use this concept; the first community in Iowa to be accredited by the American Public Works Association; over $300 million in street and sewer improvements for the community and recognized by numerous entities having the best snow and ice control program in the state.


Kuehl joined the City of Bettendorf in August, 1991 as the director of the Children's Museum and was appointed director of the Family Museum in 1994.  Prior to that, she served as marketing manager for the Iowa Department of Economic Development - Division of Tourism in Des Moines, executive director of the Davenport Area Convention and Bureau, and marketing director for General Growth Properties at Duck Creek Plaza in Bettendorf.


Major achievements during Kuehl's tenure include the consolidation of the former Children's Museum and Center for the Cultural Arts creating the Family Museum, construction of the Family Museum facility and the establishment of the Learning Campus, completion of Faye's Field at the Learning Campus, and accreditation by the American Association of Museums.


"I have had the opportunity to work with both Tracey and Wally for quite a few years.  Their dedication to the city and its residents has been extraordinary.  From the development of the Learning Campus to the City's infrastructure, their accomplishments have made Bettendorf not just a great community, but a premier city.  Their knowledge, hard work, and leadership will be very difficult to replicate. They have both been great colleagues and wonderful friends," adds City Administrator Decker Ploehn.


An open house for retiring Family Museum Director Tracey Kuehl will be held on Friday, December 16 from 1-4 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Family Museum, and an open house for retiring Public Works Director Wally Mook will be held on Wednesday, December 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Palmer Hills Grill.