McGregor Council plans to appoint mayor

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Council will opt to fill its mayoral vacancy by appointment rather than special election.

The decision came at a special meeting June 27—a week after mayor Harold Brooks announced his resignation, which was effective June 22. Brooks was re-elected in November, so a year and a half of his two-year term remains.

“We have 60 days to appoint someone,” said councilman and mayor pro-tem Joe Muehlbauer, “so it’s not something we have to do right away.”

The council hopes to move more quickly, however, and approved publishing a notice in this week’s North Iowa Times stating its intent to fill the vacancy at the Wednesday, July 18 regular meeting.

City administrator Lynette Sander, as well as Muehlbauer, noted they had approached several people about the position but had yet to receive a “yes.”

Once an appointment is made, residents have 14 days to petition for a special election. A minimum of 18 signatures would be required.

Since Brooks was also one of McGregor’s representatives on the Mar-Mac Police Commission, the council had to determine who would fill that role. As mayor pro-tem, Muehlbauer chose to appoint councilman Charles Carroll, the only member of the council who has not served on the commission. Along with Muehlbauer, fellow council members Rogeta Halvorson, Janet Hallberg and Jason Echard approved the appointment. Carroll abstained.

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