WAVERLY, Iowa --- Two terms are enough.
Mayor Bob Brunkhorst, 47, was elected to the city's top post in December 2009. He will not seek re-election this fall, though, because he says he is satisfied with his accomplishments and wants more free time.
"I was elected to help push flood recovery, and I feel good about where we've gone with that ... We are much better prepared as a city, as an organization, to handle disasters," Brunkhorst said.
In addition to supporting those efforts, including formation of a hazard mitigation committee, Brunkhorst said he also worked successfully with members of the City Council to improve transparency in municipal government and long-term planning.
Brunkhorst won a four-way race for the mayoral post. He followed the late Ike Ackerman, who served six terms at the city's helm. Ackerman stepped down for health reasons in 2009.
Previously, Brunkhorst, a Republican, served 14 years in the Iowa Legislature.
Brunkhorst works in information technology at CUNA Mutual in Waverly. He and his wife, Kris, recently sent their daughter, Karalynn, off to college. Their son, Zach, will be a freshman in high school.
Brunkhorst hopes to have more time for family, and he said he has no plans to run for another office.
Waverly residents interested in running for mayor can pick up forms at City Hall. The filing period will be Aug. 26 to Sept. 19.