CORALVILLE — Coralville Mayor John Lundell has added another title to his resume.
During its annual business meeting in September, Lundell was named president-elect of the roughly 870-member Iowa League of Cities, an organization that represents the interests of towns and cities across the state. Lundell recently joined the organization’s board of directors, which is responsible for adopting the league’s budget, setting policies and providing direction for the organization.
“We’ve always felt that there’s been a tremendous amount of benefit by being an active member in the league,” Lundell said. “One of my goals is to be more familiar with and understand the concerns of cities of all sizes.”
Coralville has a long history of participation with the league. Previous Mayor Jim Fausett served various roles on the board and is a past president. Traditionally, the president-elect takes over the role as president the following year.
“I think that was one of the main parts of the job was to talk to the members,” Fausett said. “By contacting the other members in the smaller cities, you find out what their problems are.”
Lundell’s largest role with the league during his yearlong term is to head up its legislative subcommittee, which has 2016 goals that include economic development, public safety and home rule — the ability to make decisions at a local level. He said he’ll begin working to identify major issues that may come up beginning in January.
“Basically ... the main reason for the league’s existence is to work with the legislature for the benefit of the cities,” Fausett said.
Lundell said he’s had aspirations of someday running for board president because he thought it may be something he’d enjoy doing. However, the call from a nominating committee about a month ago may have been somewhat unexpected because he is only serving his first two-year term on the board.
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Lundell has a long history of leadership, including 13 years as a mayor and city council member. He also served on the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center Policy Board, the Clear Creek Watershed Coalition and the Coralville Library Board of Trustees, according to a news release from the league.
“I know he’ll do a good job because he is certainly a qualified individual,” Fausett said.