Councilman Rob Lind asked the candidates what they see as the mayor’s role in furthering city goals given a “new professionalism” with the hiring of a city administrator.
Rogers said professionalism is “right in my wheelhouse in terms of customer engagement, interaction, citizen engagement, interaction. I think I would be very beneficial in that role.”
Spurgeon answered Lind’s question by stating the mayor’s role is to facilitate meetings, work with the city’s professional staff and be able to communicate council decisions to the public, press and organizations.
McAfee answered Lind’s question by stating the mayor’s role is to be an advocate, communicate with citizens, run meetings and sign certain documents. As mayor, McAfee said she would not get involved in the city administrator’s day-to-day operations of the city.
McAfee said she would listen to citizen’s concerns, address the ones she can, then turn over the other concerns to the city administrator to determine priorities.
McAfee said as mayor she would explain to the citizens what the council is doing and what it means to them.
Rogers made a statement where he praised the other two mayor candidates then he explained why he would be the better choice. Rogers said he has been very active the last two years in city business and currently serves on the Airport Commission and Conservation Board.
The person the City Council is looking for to be mayor must be open-minded, an ambassador to the citizens, hit the ground running, champion the community, volunteer and participate in community events.
City administrator Patrick Antonen moderated the meeting.
Antonen on Wednesday called the Daily Iowegian to explain why he asked the council members at the end of Tuesday’s meeting to write their choice for mayor on a slip of paper he had supplied and were placed in an envelope and sealed. The meeting’s only agenda item was to conduct interviews.