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by Rick DeClue · News · May 10, 2013


The West Branch City Council appointed Mary Beth Stevenson by a unanimous vote Monday to fill the remaining term of Dan O’Neil’s seat on the council.


After she was sworn in, Mayor Mark Worrell said he “liked her responses and questions for her first meeting.”

“She didn’t hesitate to jump right in. That’s what I expected,” he said.

Worrell said, “She knows all of the issues we’re working on from her time on Planning and Zoning.”

As its first action after she was seated, the council accepted Stevenson’s resignation from P&Z.

Council Member Colton Miller then moved for the appointment of Molly Menard to replace Stevenson on P&Z. Menard will serve out the term ending Dec. 31, 2016.

Stevenson said that she spoke with Worrell about possibly missing her second meeting. She is expecting her second child, due any day.

“I have not had any constituents come to me with specific issues, but I hope people feel free to do that,” she said. “That is very important to me.”

City Administrator Matt Muckler said it is good to have a full council.

“I am glad Mary Beth volunteered,” he said.

He described Stevenson’s first effort Monday as “sharp.”

“She’s very knowledgeable,” Muckler said.

The council will have three seats plus the mayor’s position up for election this November.

“We’ve got a lot to do in the next few months,” Muckler said. “Then the voters will decide what they decide.”

Council Member Jordan Ellyson said that she was excited to have Stevenson on the council.

“It’s been a smooth transition. She brings a lot to the council.”

Worrell said Stevenson initially turned down the request to take one of the open seats.

“Then she talked to Jordan and did a one-eighty. We’re happy she did,” he said.

Stevenson works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, advising communities on storm water management implementation and restoration.

The city continues to face stormwater concerns after heavy rainfall in April flooded parts of the city.

Mary Beth’s husband, Dan Stevenson, is president of the West Branch Public Library board. The couple has lived in West Branch for approximately four years.

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