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July 7, 2011

Four city council seats on the Nov. 8 ballot

Besides the four council seats, the mayor’s position in Centerville is also on the Nov. 8 ballot.

CENTERVILLE — One of the most challenging and exciting responsibilities an individual can assume is to become a mayor or council member. The business of city government and local leadership presents a unique opportunity to resolve issues, accomplish goals and affect the future of your community.

The city of Centerville conducts business on the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. with additional work sessions possible during budget season (December – March) and special meetings when necessary.  Council members are assigned to various city committees which meet when necessary.

The city of Centerville has three four-year term and one two-year term vacancies for council members and the two-year term vacancy for mayor on the Nov. 8 ballot.  In order to hold office in the city, a candidate must be an eligible elector, meeting the same qualifications required to vote and be a resident of the city he/she plans to serve. Nomination papers may be picked up at either the City Clerk’s office, the County Auditor’s office or online at www.sos.state.ia.us/elections/candidates/index.html. Nominees must obtain at least 25 eligible signatures. Candidate filing begins Monday, Aug. 29 and ends with papers due at the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

The Iowa League of Cities offers training for city officials.  One example of a training session available for city officials is the Municipal Leadership Academy, presented in partnership by the Iowa League of Cities, Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University Office of State and Local Government Programs.  This four part series is designed to cover the basics of city government in Iowa and is the best way for new officials to learn about the legalities and expectations of their new position and to meet both new and experienced city officials. For scheduling ease, each four-six hour session is offered during the week or on Saturday at various locations throughout the state.

For more information about how to participate in the city’s decision-making process, contact Kim Crego, city clerk, at (641) 437-4339.

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