2017 City Council Contact Information:

City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Residents of Huxley are welcome and urged to participate in the meetings.  Meetings begin at 6:00 pm and are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall unless otherwise noted on council meeting agendas (see Council Agendas under Government on city website.)

If you would like to be placed on the council agenda, please contact City Hall at 597-2561.

Below is a list of council members and their contact information:

Craig Henry

Craig Henry

Mayor

Contact Information:
Two Year Term
Expires: 12/31/2017
515.597.3293
henry@huxcomm.net

Occupation:  Sales Engineer for Scale Source North LLC

Years as a Huxley Resident:  18

Why Did You Run for City Council:  Wherever I have lived I have been involved in the community—either through school, church or other activities.  Several years ago a situation motivated me to investigate and I felt compelled to run for city council. I have since tried to continue learning about city government and serving the citizens of Huxley.  My only other reason was obviously the money (not!)

What Goals Did You Have and Which of Those Did You Reach:  
1) One of my original goals was to improve communication with the citizens of Huxley— I believe we have come closer to that and we are continually evolving to better communicate with the citizens of our community. 2) Better planning and proactive focus instead of reactive response—I believe that we have been very proactive in our planning and focus on the city’s need for infrastructure, services and needs of our citizens.  3) Economic development plan for our community—we are not there yet but have many sound improvements with new business and residential growth.  4) A better understanding of city government, budgets and taxes—I believe this goal has been accomplished but feel committed to ongoing education and strive to improve our budget and lower our taxes.

What Was Your Most Difficult Vote:  
The ones that come to mind first are any personnel issues, Waste Water Treatment Plant project and the Regency project. There have been many as I tend to take the issues very seriously and often worry of the impact to our community and my fellow citizens.

What Accomplishments Are You Most Proud of:  
We have updated our comprehensive plan for our community, have a current capital improvements plan and have kept our city tax rate at a constant level for three years with positive growth in our community.

Vision for the City:  
We have many projects underway and potential challenges in the future which will affect our citizens in one way or another.  We have professional and dedicated city administration and we are focused on positive proactive planning to minimize costs and maximize returns to our community and our citizens.

Family:  
My wife, Jeannie Henry, and I have been married for 37 years.  We have two daughters, Nicole and Brandy, both of whom graduated from Ballard and Iowa State University and are married and living in Iowa.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  
To be honest I do not have one!  I grew up in Warren County and we have three Century Farms in our family.  Any time I can spend with family at the farm is a vacation for me.


Kevin Deaton

Kevin Deaton

Council Member

Occupation: Outside Sales

Years as a Huxley Resident: 26

Why Did You Run for City Council: To try and help make a difference in the way the City spends money and attempt to help with some of the debt problems and cutbacks from the State that the City is potentially facing.

What Goals Did You Have and Which of Those Did you Achieve: Still working on all of them!

What Was Your Most Difficult Vote: Budget approval

What Accomplishments Are You Most Proud of: So far I don’t really have any great “accomplishments”, but I do see some on the horizon!

Vision for the City: I would like to see Huxley recognized for what it is: a great community for people of all ages and a great place to live, work, raise a family and get an education.

Family: My wife Robin and I enjoy riding our motorcycle with our friends in the community, playing guitar, reading, and relaxing at home. I have also been a member of Huxley Fire and Rescue since 1995, and feel a great sense of accomplishment is watching it grow through the years.

Favorite Vacation Spot: If I told you then someone would know!


 Craig Hemmen

Craig Hemmen

Council Member

Contact Information:
Four Year Term
Expires: 12/31/2017
515-681-2583
cjhemmen@hotmail.com

Occupation:  Retired from the educational field after 38 years

Years as a Huxley Resident:  3 years

Years on the Council:  Began Serving on 1/1/14

Why Did You Run for City Council:  I want to give back to the community I live in.  I have always been interested in city government.  This is an exciting and challenging time in Huxley as we grow.

What Goals Do You Have While Serving on the City Council: Conservative spending, bring new small industry to the City, and continue the excellent services now offered to the citizens of Huxley.

What Was Your Most Difficult Vote:  Being new to the Council I have not run across any difficult issues.

Vision for the City:  Growth, keeping taxes in check, and continuing to provide excellent services for the citizens of Huxley.

Family:  Wife Jean, two children, three granddaughters and my son-in-law.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Any place warm in the winter


 Dave Jensen

Dave Jensen

Council Member

Occupation: Civil Engineer

Years as a Huxley Resident: 16

Why Did You Run for City Council: Raise the tax base and strive for uniform policies

Vision for the City: I would like to see continued growth in the commercial area.

Family: Wife and three grown children


Dave Kuhn

Dave Kuhn

Council Member

Name/Contact Information:
David Kuhn
(515) 770 – 1709
Kuhn.Dave@Gmail.com

Years as a Huxley Resident:
16

Family:
Wife – Amanda
Daughter – Allison

Occupation:
Associate Building Official, City of Urbandale

Why did you elect to serve on city council?
Finding ways to serve and give back to the community is very important to me. I feel my background and experience is well suited to help shape the city’s goals, while addressing the community’s needs. I’ve never been one to just sit back and complain about things. I would rather invest the time and energy and try to effect positive change instead. Serving on city council is not a responsibility I take lightly and I certainly recognize the impact our decisions have on individuals, families as well as businesses.

What goals have you set for yourself while on city council?
Being able to work through budget related issues in a way that does not increase property taxes has always been a top priority. Continued growth has allowed us to do this, and we must continue to focus on ways to responsibly grow our community. Overall my goal is to make sure residents are informed about the issues and their voices are heard. I will continue to make sure our processes are transparent.

What accomplishments are you most proud of while serving on city council?
Certainly the most frequent request I received early on was for the city to attract a grocery store. The administration made this a priority and invested resources to make it happen. As a result of these efforts, we were able to give the citizens exactly what they had requested. Faraway is a fantastic amenity for Huxley, and has been a great partner in our community.

Where do you see the city in 10 years?
Ten years from now I see the City of Huxley continuing to be a great place to live and exceptional place to raise a family. I anticipate additional businesses providing services for citizens as well as employment opportunities. Overall Huxley will be benefiting from the increased revenue and resources that are available as a result of strategic decisions the current leadership is making.


Tracey Roberts

Tracey Roberts

Council Member

Contact Information:
Four Year Term
Expires: 12/31/2019
515.231.2918
troberts@huxcomm.net

Occupation:  State of Iowa/Income Maintenance Worker

Years as a Huxley Resident:  I have been a resident of the Ballard community most of my life – actual resident of Huxley for two years.

Why Did you Elect to Serve on City Council:  To follow through with the Prairie Ridge Development (Regency Mobile Home Park) and to get more involved in the community as a whole.

What Goals Do You Have for Your Four Year Term:  Economic development and debt reduction for the City of Huxley.

Vision for the City:  To grow the businesses in town and allow residents a voice in their city government.

Personal Information:  I have two children, one who has graduated from Ballard and one who still attends middle school. I am a Ballard graduate myself! I was a former board member of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments and an active participant in the 3C’s Parks and Recreation programs. I have been a long standing member of the Fjeldberg Church and enjoy playing softball with the city’s summer league.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Florida, but would love to go to Colorado so I can snow ski!!!