As soon as the announcement was made and the award bestowed, through Zoom, the town employees and council gave a spherical of applause for Jacobson and his division.
Monday morning, Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel described the sensation of metropolis officers as one among shock.
“It is going to go away an enormous gap,” Schickel mentioned. “Not solely was he an excellent finance director however he did a whole lot of different issues.”
On a extra private stage, Schickel, who knew Jacobson for 20-plus years, mentioned that one of many issues he most appreciated Jacobson was his candor.
“In my place, you don’t at all times get a straight reply. And he would at all times provide the straight scoop. We’re simply going to overlook him terribly,” Schickel mentioned.
Burnett, who adopted Jacobson as city administrator, praised him on a number of fronts.
“He’s simply been a beautiful colleague, good friend and somebody who was an amazing advocate for the town and somebody who knew a lot about finance. It’s an enormous loss to not have Kevin with the town and to not have him as a good friend.”