Mayor Michelle Romero has spent her entire career in public service to the city of Henderson. After earning her degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University, Romero returned to her hometown, where she has been improving the community ever since. “I chose public service for my career, because I was taught from an early age to leave a place better than you found it,” Romero said.
The proudest achievement of Romero’s career has been the transformation of the Water Street District. As the Henderson manager of redevelopment, and later as a councilwoman, she led revitalization efforts in downtown Henderson, changing the area from an aging and deteriorating locale to a bustling hot spot hosting new and existing businesses, including community gathering places such as restaurants and the new Lifeguard Arena ice rink. Romero and local businesses formed the Water Street District Business Association and have kept the momentum going.
Henderson has been recognized as one of the best places to live in America—and one of the nation’s safest cities. Romero raised four sons in Henderson and knows firsthand how great it is to live there. Her goals for the future include ensuring that Henderson maintains its safest city designation. She has prioritized her community involvement in many ways throughout the years. From serving as a Boy Scout leader to participating on the Community Advisory Board for Henderson Hospital, Romero wants to see the city, and the people living in it, thrive.
“Leading our city is truly an honor. I look forward to going to work every day for those living, working and playing in Henderson.”