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Posted on: February 5, 2021


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On Thursday, Jan. 28, Councilman Scott Syroka tendered his resignation from the Johnston City Council effective Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

 Councilman Syroka was elected to the Johnston City Council in 2019 and was a dedicated public servant who had the residents' interests in mind when making decisions. 

 Councilman Syroka accepted an opportunity to serve our country in the Biden-Harris Administration and will work in the Office of Personnel Management. 


“It has been an honor and privilege to work with Councilman Syroka,” said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld. “He has a passion for serving and did a tremendous job during his two years on the Council. We wish him the very best as he leaves to serve our nation.”

“The decision to step down was certainly not an easy one,” said Councilman Scott Syroka. “When I ran, I wanted to help modernize City government, support small business development, and ensure responsible stewardship of natural resources. Two years later, we have invested in the Broadband Visioning Study to improve connectivity for residents, offered small business relief grants for businesses during the pandemic, and increased special needs inclusivity with adult-sized changing tables in the new Johnston Town Center restrooms. As a Council, we accomplished all of this while lowering the City property tax rate to its lowest level in more than a decade.”

Councilman Syroka said he is, “excited to see the progression of the projects from a distance,” including the Central Iowa Water Trails project, residents’ access to universal and affordable high-speed internet, and the Johnston Town Center and Ripples in particular. 

“Residents who want to make a difference at the local level should certainly consider serving,” said Syroka. “You never know how much of a difference you can make in your community unless you try.”

During the City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the City Council discussed the vacancy and appointment of former Councilman John Temple to fill the seat on a temporary basis. On Friday, Feb. 12, a public notice will be issued stating the Council's intent to appoint Temple. The Council will make the appointment at a special meeting, which will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. In November, an election will be held to fill the seat for its unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Per Iowa law, Johnston residents may petition the Council to hold a special election.  

City staff, the mayor and the residents of Johnston have benefited from Syroka’s leadership and dedication to our community, and we wish him the best.

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