Mayor & City Council

Mayor and Council

Josh R. Pope, Mayor
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The Mayor is elected at large and has four year terms. Mayor Pope began Jan 2016; his current term will expire in  2028.

Council members are all elected at large and have four year terms.

Bob Garms - Mayor Pro Tem - began serving 2024; term to expire 2028; (appointed as Mayor Pro Tem 1/2024)

Randy Henning – began serving 2020; term to expire 2028

Tony Hauber – began serving 2/2021; term to expire 2026

Daryl Bruxvoort - began serving 11/2023; term to expire 2026

Deb Schmidt -began serving 2022; term to expire 2026


Council Meeting Agendas

Council agendas are generally posted the Friday before a City Council meeting. Agendas are posted on this website, at City Hall, the Post Office and the Library. Council meetings are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.

To have an item on the agenda please call or email the City Administrator/Clerk the week before a Council meeting. Often times an issue can be resolved sooner at the staff level. Generally, all agenda items need to be to the City Administrator/Clerk the Thursday before the Council meeting by noon. If staff needs to review prior to the item going to Council then more time should be factored in.

Please keep in mind that if an item is not listed on the agenda 24 hours in advance of the meeting it can not be discussed. So if a resident wants to discuss an issue and appears before the Council during the “Public Comment” portion of the meeting, the Council most likely can not take action because it is not specifically listed on the agenda.

Council Meeting Agendas

Council Meeting Minutes

Council minutes are posted on this website and printed in the newspaper after a Council meeting.

Council Minutes (2018-present)

Archived Council Minutes

Search below to find Council minutes from1917-2000 (This is not an inclusive list. There are several years missing)

Proposed Tax Levy Hearing Information

Public Hearing notices and resolutions for proposed tax levies can be found below as mandated by the State Code.

For the budget process for FY 25 (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025) the state requires a mailing to each property owner. The information provided by the Department of Management helps explains the mailing.  This page also has information including a projected tax calculator.

This page helps explain the proposed property tax levy.

This Property Tax Assessment information is from the Iowa League of Cities and gives a good overview of the property tax system in Iowa.

Boards and Commissions

According to the Municipal Code, the Mayor or the City Council appoints members to several boards and commissions to help with the work of the City. Contact the City Administrator/Clerk for questions about any of these boards.

Council appoints:

Planning and Zoning - Meets as needed - 5 yr terms

Board of Adjustments - Meets as needed - 5 yr terms

Cemetery Board - Meets as needed - Terms are indefinite

The Mayor appoints:

Library Board - Meets 2nd Tuesday of  month at 4:00 PM - 6 year terms
(Email Library Director with questions about the library board)

Park Board  - Meets as needed - 4 year terms

Pool Board - Meets as needed (usually February-August) - 4 year terms

Opera House Board of Directors - Meets monthly - 3 year terms

Non-Discrimination Statement

The City of Elkader is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

If you have questions, contact City Hall at 563-245-2098 or email City Hall

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