Spencer City Councilman Steve Bomgaars is resigning his Ward 3 seat effective August 30 because he is moving out of the ward.
“We are moving out of Ward 3 and we have lived there for 39 years,” Bomgaars said at the council’s August 19 meeting. “And, gosh, and then I grew up there as a kid. And I’m old. I’ve lived in Ward 3 most of my life.”
“I think there’s never been a meeting where I haven’t learned something,” Bomgaars said. “And if you don’t learn something than shame on you.”
Bomgaars has served on the council since 2004. He said he has attended over 400 council meetings in his 15 years serving.
Bomgaars thanked the city staff for its work over the years.
“We have outstanding department heads,” he said. “They do an awesome job. The city employees, and I think our department heads do a great job of giving them credit, but I want to give them credit, as well. They do just an outstanding job.”
He also thanked current and previous city council members.
“We may disagree, but I think after disagree, we just move on,” Bomgaars said.
Finally, he thanked the residents of his ward.
“Most of all, I want to thank the citizens of Ward 3 because they’re the ones who put their trust in me and I thank them,” Bomgaars said.
The Ward 3 seat will now be on city election ballots on November 5. Bomgaars’s term was set to end December 31, 2021.
The city council is expected to accept Bomgaars’s resignation at its meeting on Monday.
Feature image: Ward 3 City Councilman Steve Bomgaars, left, at a Spencer City Council meeting.