Cityscape — October 2014
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I am extremely pleased and honored to be elected Iowa League of Cities Executive Board President. Hopefully, I had the opportunity to meet you at the League's Annual Conference & Exhibit in Council Bluffs. If not, I hope to meet many of you at future events. By way of introduction, most of my working life was in retail with three different companies -- JCPenney, Pamida and Sernett Department Stores -- in six different cities: Denver, CO; Scottsbluff, NE; Lincoln, NE; and then Oelwein, Independence and Creston in Iowa. I then was in marketing for a manufacturing company in Creston and, with this job, was able to travel in nearly every state and several foreign countries. I served on the city council in Independence and Creston and have served as mayor of Creston since 2008.

I know from the experience of living in northeast Iowa that many don't know where Creston is located. Creston is a growing city of 7,834 located on Highway 34 about 70 miles southwest of Des Moines and about 100 miles southeast of Council Bluffs. Creston has great industry and we consider ourselves as the hub of southwest Iowa. Our form of city government is mayor and seven-member council with an appointed city manager.

Like many, my first association with the Iowa League of Cities was attending the Municipal Leadership Academy, Parts One, Two, and Three which is offered after city elections. The next one will be scheduled in 2015. I attend the Budget Workshop every year to keep tuned in to what has changed during the past year as it refers to city budgets.

I am also a “political junky” and this being an election year, it is going to be difficult not to be highly involved in partisan politics. However, I will be involved in promoting the legislative priorities as approved at the annual business meeting last month. It is important for each of us to back the League’s position on legislative matters. It is also important to get to know your legislators and get them into your community to show them your city’s needs -- whether it be streets, sewers, water, housing or any of the other needs that the Legislature can affect.

I can be reached through the City of Creston’s website,, or by email at I welcome your comments and ideas.

Creston Mayor Warren Woods