Funkey starts as Assistant City Administrator

Mark Funkey started Monday, Feb. 12 as Assistant City Administrator for the City of Hastings.

“The Assistant City Administrator is a very important position for me and for the City,” City Administrator Shawn Metcalf said. “It was imperative to find someone who had the right knowledge, skills, and abilities; someone who exhibited servant leadership, authenticity, transparency, and integrity. Last but not least, we needed a great communicator who could garner the trust of our City Council, department heads, businesses, community partners, staff, and residents. Mark checked all the boxes.” 

Funkey comes to the City of Hastings from Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia where he has served as Vice President of Workforce Services since January 2023.

From January 2008 until January 2023, Funkey worked at Central Community College. He served Associate Dean of Instruction for the Grand Island and Hastings campuses from April 2021 to January 2023.

At both community colleges, Funkey has had management oversight and responsibility for several unique departments, budget, planning, entry, and fiscal oversight, and strategic planning at the program and division levels. 

Funkey has a background with the City of Hastings, having served as a member of the Hastings Museum Foundation Board as well as Hastings Museum Board. He also served as Hastings Museum Board President.

Funkey has extensive community involvement in the Hastings-area community. Among his other professional involvements include serving as Board Chair for the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Board Chair for the United Way of South Central Nebraska, both in 2021.  

As Assistant City Administrator, Funkey has oversight of the Hastings Museum; Hastings Public Library; Information Technology; Hastings Parks and Recreation; Public Information; and Safety and Maintenance departments.

“I have enjoyed meeting staff, getting up to speed on City initiatives and learning how I can help move things forward,” he said.

Funkey and his wife, Beth, are part-owners of What the Dickens bakery in downtown Hastings. 

The couple has three children, one granddaughter and one grandson.

Published Date: 02/19/2024

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