TIFFIN– Voters in Tiffin will decide more than who will be the President of the United States or who their representatives will be in Washington D.C. and Des Moines when they vote in November. They will also have two seats to fill on the Tiffin City Council.
Councilmen Chris Ball and Travis Weipert will resign this month, putting their seats on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Ball, who has served for four years, has accepted the position of City Administrator in Wilton, Iowa. Ball was a social studies teacher at the Clear Creek Amana high school.
“I was looking for a new challenge,” Ball said. “My options were school administration or city administration. I very much enjoyed my time on the Tiffin council and I thought that side suited me better than school administration.”
Weipert won a primary election battle in June against Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett, knocking the incumbent off the Democrat ballot 68-32 percent. Weipert is currently running unopposed in the November election.
Tiffin City Administrator Michon Jackson said paperwork is ready and available for prospective candidates at city hall during normal business hours. The packets contain a set of instructions, a “State of Iowa Affidavit of Candidacy” and a nomination petition. The completed packet needs to be returned to Jackson by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The open council terms go from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013. In the meantime, the council will consist of three members: Peggy Upton, Jim Bartles and Mike Ryan. “There will be no appointments to fill the vacancies,” Jackson said.
Ball had some words of advice for prospective candidates. “I would encourage anyone interested in making a difference in the community to get involved in their city government.” He said he served because he felt he had something to offer and had no agenda. “I believe if you have a personal axe to grind, that is no reason to get involved.” Ball urged candidates to remain open-minded and do what they believe is best for the community.”
Jackson said a few packets had been picked up at city hall but, “until they turn them in, nothing is official.” She said a complete list of candidates will be compiled on Aug. 28.
Former Tiffin mayor Royce W. Phillips announced his intention to run for the council last month and has taken out the necessary papers.