AMES, Iowa -- Two Iowa cities now have new mayors.
John Haila was sworn in as Mayor of Ames on Tuesday. He won the race against Victoria Szopinski in the November city election.
“I’ve said before that we as leaders actually stand on the shoulders of those who go before us. I just want to recognize Mayor Campbell and Ted Tedesco, whom I’ve asked to both be here, they certainly paved the way, and all the previous councils," he said.
Haila has served on numerous community organizations including the Ames Transit Board and the Campustown Action Association.
“Getting involved with council, becoming one mind, we’ve got goal setting sessions coming up in a week from Saturday,” said Haila. “We’re building relationships with city staff, as well as with Iowa State University, so just getting my feet on the ground.”
In Marshalltown, Joel Greer won the mayor’s seat over Gary Thompson. Greer, who is an attorney, was also on the City Council Ward 2. That seat is now vacant, and he will look to find someone to fill the spot.
“Most of our major employers are employing a lot of people, we have trouble getting new hires,” said Greer. “Our unemployment rate is down under three percent, it’s a good problem to have.”