Cordes selected for assistant city administrator

NORFOLK, Neb. -- Norfolk City Administrator Andy Colvin announced on Thursday that Scott Cordes had been selected to serve as the Assistant City Administrator for the City of Norfolk.

Cordes has worked with the State of Nebraska and the City of Norfolk during the bulk of his career. A native of Scribner and a City of Norfolk employee since 1996, Cordes currently serves as Norfolk’s Fire Chief.

Cordes started in the construction business before taking a position with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office as an inspector.  He advanced to Assistant State Fire Marshal before taking the reigns as the City of Norfolk’s Fire Marshal.  Soon after, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and ultimately Fire Chief in 2011. 

“Scott has served Norfolk for the past 25 years and has been instrumental in building a culture of service and dedication within the Fire Division.  His ability to connect with people, along with the respect he has earned from elected officials and City staff, will be instrumental in our mission of providing a high level of service to the community.  We are all looking forward to Scott’s leadership in this new capacity”, said Colvin.

Mayor Josh Moenning also offered his thoughts.

Chief Cordes has served as a key leader in Norfolk for several years, dedicating his career to keeping Norfolkans safe," Moenning said. "He is an excellent manager, problem-solver, and communicator.  In this new role, I am excited to see his responsibilities grow in the areas of administration and community growth and development.”

 Cordes reflected on his career, as well.

“It has been a true blessing for me having had the privilege to work with and among so many amazing people in my past roles, and I am excited to expand that role in this administrative position in service to the fine citizens of Norfolk in the quality manner that they deserve," Cordes said.

Cordes will begin serving as Assistant City Administrator along with fulfilling the responsibilities of Public Safety Director on August 1, 2021.