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The Iowa Public Information Board is an independent agency governed by nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. They offer training to governmental bodies and are a good source of information regarding both Open Meetings and Open Records.
The Attorney General has issued Sunshine Advisories relating to both Open Meetings and Open Records.
What is a closed session? A closed session is a session where the governmental body is able to discuss issues without members of the public present.
Iowa Code Chapter 21.5 lists valid reasons for holding a closed session, rules of conduct during closed session, and how governmental bodies may take action based on discussion during the closed session.
Iowa Code Chapter 21 governs meetings of governmental bodies.
21.1 Intent — declaration of policy.
This chapter seeks to assure, through a requirement of open meetings of governmental bodies, that the basis and rationale of governmental decisions, as well as those decisions themselves, are easily accessible to the people. Ambiguity in the construction or application of this chapter should be resolved in favor of openness.
As used in this chapter:
1. “Governmental body” means:a. A board, council, commission, or other governing body expressly created by the statutes of this state or by executive order.b. A board, council, commission, or other governing body of a political subdivision or tax-supported district in this state.c. A multimembered body formally and directly created by one or more boards, councils, commissions, or other governing bodies subject to paragraphs “a” and “b” of this subsection.d. Those multimembered bodies to which the state board of regents or a president of a university has delegated the responsibility for the management and control of the intercollegiate athletic programs at the state universities.e. An advisory board, advisory commission, or task force created by the governor or the general assembly to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.f. A nonprofit corporation other than a fair conducting a fair event as provided in chapter 174, whose facilities or indebtedness are supported in whole or in part with property tax revenue and which is licensed to conduct pari-mutuel wagering pursuant to chapter 99D or a nonprofit corporation which is a successor to the nonprofit corporation which built the facility.g. A nonprofit corporation licensed to conduct gambling games pursuant to chapter 99F.h. An advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, task force, or other body created by statute or executive order of this state or created by an executive order of a political subdivision of this state to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.i. The governing body of a drainage or levee district as provided in chapter 468, including a board as defined in section 468.3, regardless of how the district is organized.j. An advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, task force, or other body created by an entity organized under chapter 28E, or by the administrator or joint board specified in a chapter 28E agreement, to develop and make recommendations on public policy issues.
2. “Meeting” means a gathering in person or by electronic means, formal or informal, of a majority of the members of a governmental body where there is deliberation or action upon any matter within the scope of the governmental body’s policy-making duties. Meetings shall not include a gathering of members of a governmental body for purely ministerial or social purposes when there is no discussion of policy or no intent to avoid the purposes of this chapter.3. “Open session” means a meeting to which all members of the public have access.
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The Council and the Mayor are elected positions. In odd years you may pick up information at the City Clerk's office or at the Marshall County Auditor's Office or the Iowa Secretary of State's office to run for the Marshalltown City Council. The seven Council positions are four-year staggered terms.
The next city election is Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Open seats: Mayor, (2) At Large, First Ward, and Third Ward. Individuals desiring to run for a ward position must live in the ward at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election.
Candidates must gather 25 "eligible" signatures and return the nomination papers and the Candidate's affidavit to the City Clerk, beginning Monday, August 23, 2021, and before 5 PM, Thursday, September 16, 2021. Papers may not be submitted outside of this time frame. Please refer to the Candidate's Guide for more information.
Current Council members and their terms
View our ward map.
Resources for elected officials:
Iowa Public Information Board: - Open Meetings - Open Records
Attorney General - Sunshine Advisories - Open Meetings - Open Records
Iowa Code Chapter 400 / 2016 - Civil Service
Iowa League of Cities
Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board
Iowa Secretary of State
Yes. The Council Manual was last reviewed and adopted by the City Council on September 13, 2021.
Four council members represent the wards. Three council members serve at-large.
Click here to download the list of contact information for the Mayor and Councilors.
View our ward map.
City Council agendas are available on the Friday afternoon prior to a City Council meeting. The council meets twice each month, on the 2nd and 4th Monday. Agendas are posted at City Hall and on the City of Marshalltown's website. Click here to view the agendas and minutes.
Agendas can be e-mailed by registering through the "Notify Me" page on this website or by request by contacting the City Clerk.
The City of Marshalltown will be utilizing our website to provide the live broadcast of our meetings through YouTube. Viewers can access the meeting by clicking on the City Council Meetings page or by finding "City Council Meetings" in the Government drop-down menu on the homepage. There is also a link to the archive of City Council meetings from this page.
The City Clerk prepares the monthly calendar of meetings. If you have any questions about the meetings contact the City Clerk's Office.