Larry Anhder: 'He's the heartbeat'
LARRY ANHDER: Utah's
state government implemented plans he wrote for his
master's thesis. / Photo by Ranae Bangerter
By Ranae Bangerter
April 1, 2006 | NIBLEY -- Friendly to others, positive
about the city, and enjoying his position as city manager,
Larry Anhder sees his position as a preparation for
what is to come.
Anhder, who looks young for 58, grew up in Hyrum just
south of where he now serves as the Nibley City Manager.
But before he even began helping Nibley, he had gained
professional training and experience with the city and
Raised in northern Hyrum, Anhder attended Utah State
University and received a degree in political science
and business. While there he was involved in the Army
Reserve Officer's Training Corps, and served a two-year
mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints to Argentina from 1967-69.
In 1969 Anhder married a "Hyrum girl" and is now a
proud grandfather of 10 with two more on the way.
In 1974, Anhder received a master's in public administration
emphasizing city management and public finance from
Brigham Young University. To receive additional training
in the army, he also served as an administrative support
in the Adjutant General Corps the same year.
"I wrote my master's thesis on lease-purchase financing
and it was implemented by the state of Utah," Anhder
said. "The first one that used it was the Logan City
Service Center and now a third of Utah uses it."
Anhder, who has lived in Nibley since 1986, has owned
his own business, Logan Ice, for 20 years. He also served
on the Cache County Council for 12 years, first as a
member and later as a chairman.
In 1997 he began to work full time with Logan and
was mentored about city administrative duties by former
mayors Desmond Anderson and Wally Nickel.
"Des Anderson was a visionary man," Anhder said.
Anhder added that Anderson worked towards the golf course,
hydro plant and Willow Park. Nickel also taught Anhder
to be open and honest with others.
Anhder's real vision for Nibley though, came from
former Nibley mayor Lynn Walker.
"We cannot be the same as we used to be, and growth
was going to happen," Walker told Anhder about the growth
coming to the city.
"[Growth] is a reality, let's be prepared for it,"
said Anhder. Anhder doesn't want to be seen as a person
who is pro-growth but as one who is prepared for it.
"The dynamics and the challenge of a very fast growing
city," Anhder said is his favorite part of his job.
He said the biggest difference from working with Logan
is the size of the organization. "Management, planning,
compliance with all of the state laws, and getting water
in the pipes and grass on the parks," said Anhder about
Those who work with him say that he is overqualified.
"Larry is a gem and the city is lucky to have him,"
said Cynthia Fredrickson, city secretary. "He always
does what he thinks is in the best interest of the city,"
When a pressing issue is brought up in a council meeting
that could change the appearance of the city, the council
often consults Larry for his opinion.
Mayor Gerald Knight said Anhder is an expert because
he works full time and oversees all of the employees,
finances and recorder issues. "He acts as a liaison
between us and staff," said Knight. "He is the heartbeat."
Knight, who has been mayor since January, said Anhder
has been tremendously good to work with and very respectful
and informative. "He understands his position and the
role he plays," Knight said.
Anhder said many people hate their jobs and employers
but he thinks of how lucky he has been, to have very
good people to work for.
"I enjoy working for Nibley city and the challenges
that are here and the things we have been able to accomplish,"