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Posted on: December 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] FIlling Vacancy for 2nd Ward Councilor

Update: A petition requesting the 2nd Ward Council vacancy be filled by special election was received by the City of Marshalltown on December 22, 2017. 

The City Council will work with the Marshall County Recorder/ Auditor of Elections to determine when the special election will be held. The individual temporarily appointed will fill the vacancy until the Abstract of Votes are certified by the county. The individual elected by the pending special election will serve the remainder of the vacancy, through December 31, 2019.

Due to the election of Second Ward Councilor Joel T.S. Greer as Mayor, effective January 1, 2018, there is a vacancy on the council for representation of the second ward.

The city council meets regularly twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings beginning at 5:30 pm, with additional meetings as necessary, such as for determining the city's tax rate.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to the City Administrator, Jessica Kinser, by email or by mailing or dropping off their letter prior to the deadline, 5 pm Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Attn: City Administrator Jessica Kinser

         24 N Center Street

         Marshalltown, IA  50158

Please address any questions regarding the filing of the vacancy to City Administrator, Jessica Kinser.  641-754-5799.

It is anticipated interviews will be held the first week of January, 2018, with possible council appointment at the regular meeting on January 8, 2018.


All members of the electorate of the City of Marshalltown are hereby notified of the vacancy on the City Council due to the election of Joel T.S. Greer as Mayor. Joel T.S. Greer was elected to the Marshalltown City Council as Ward 2 representative.

Notice is further given that the Marshalltown City Council intends to fill the vacancy by appointment. The appointment will be made at a special meeting of the City Council on January 8, 2018, at 5:30 PM and the appointee will serve until the next municipal election. However, the electors of the City of Marshalltown have the right to file a petition requiring that the vacancy be filled by a special election. This petition must be filed in the office of the Marshalltown City Clerk, Municipal Building, 24 North Center Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158. The petition must be signed by at least 1,000 members of the electorate or at least the number of signatures equal to 15% of the voters who voted for candidates for the vacant office at the preceding regular election at which the office was on the ballot, whichever is fewer. This petition must be filed no later than 14 days after publication of this notice or 14 days after the appointment is made, whichever is later.

Joel T.S. Greer was elected to represent individuals residing in Ward 2. Therefore, any member residing in Ward 2 of the Marshalltown electorate may complete an application to fill this unexpired term through the Office of the Marshalltown City Clerk. Letters of interest are due no later than 5 PM, Thursday, December 28, 2017, to the City Administrator, 24 N Center Street, or by email to

Shari Coughenour, City Clerk
24 North Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158

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