Councilman Mike Eifler
Councilman Mike Eifler
June 5, 2013

Mike Eifler, the city's longest-serving elected official, Tuesday said he would not seek re-election to the 3rd Ward seat he has represented for 16 years.

"When I won the last time it was the thought that this would be my last term," Eifler said.

But Eifler, 58, said he reconsidered several times before making the final call.

"It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be," Eifler said.

Eifler recently celebrated his 30-year anniversary with Pella Corp. in Carroll. He works in the recovery department associated with the production process.

A resident of 921 N. Main St., Eifler and his wife, Mindy, have two daughters, Stephanie, 26, an attorney in Des Moines, and Sammi, a high school social studies teacher and volleyball coach in Coon Rapids.

Mike Eifler is a 1973 graduate of Kuemper Catholic High School. He attended Mankato State University (now Minnesota State).

Eilfer has served with five mayors - Adam Schweers, Jim Pedelty, Dr. Robert Christensen, Ed Smith and Tom Gronstal.

The filing period for the November city elections begins Aug. 26 and closes on Sept. 19. Candidates can take out papers at city hall or online through the Iowa Secretary of State's Office -

Councilman Jeff Scharfenkamp is not seeking re-election to his at-large post. First Ward Councilman Michael Kots this week announced his re-election bid in Ward 1. Mayor Adam Schweers has indicated his plans to seek a second, two-year term. The other three council members will face re-election decisions in 2015.

Eifler and Scharfenkamp said they intentionally made early announcements to provide ample time for potential candidates to consider running.

The council meets twice a month. Members are paid $2,400 annually.