WORTHINGTON — Two weeks into his new job, Matt Selof already believes he can help make a positive impact.

Selof began his employment as Worthington’s city planner on May 24, not long after his graduation from Iowa State University. He’s originally from Polk City, Iowa, which is just north of Des Moines.

After his high school graduation from the North Polk Community School District, Selof enrolled in classes at Des Moines Area Community College and began to consider what career path best suited him.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to major in and was looking around at different options,” Selof said. “City planning looked really interesting to me, and I started looking at it more. I didn’t really know it was a field I could study out of high school.

“I think it (city planning) is interesting because it’s something where you can make changes that can benefit a community,” he added.

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As his final semester of classes at Iowa State wound down, Selof looked for employment and was open to working in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin or Colorado. He was ultimately offered the Worthington job in March.

“I had my first interview (with Worthington) over Zoom, and was asked the same day if I could come up here to meet in-person,” Selof recalled. “I came up here four or five days after.”

So far, Selof said, he’s gotten a positive impression of his new community.

“I’ve been pretty impressed with just how nice an area it is,” he stated. “Worthington has all its parks, the lake and the nice bike trail around it.”

In fact, Selof said he spent both Saturday and Sunday kayaking around Lake Okabena with his girlfriend, who’s also originally from the Des Moines area and is currently residing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Selof lists his primary hobbies as outdoor activities that include hiking, cycling and running.

He also plans on enjoying his work in Worthington, and is already considering just how he can help shape the community and its future.

“There’s looking at different permits … and the possible influence with making recommendations on development,” Selof said. “I hope to get into the city’s comprehensive plan (last updated in 2004) and setting long-term goals for the city. That’s big on our agenda to get moving on as soon as we can.”