Message from the Mayor

tom leners

Welcome to Winterset! I was elected Mayor and took office on January 1st, 2024. I believe Winterset is a wonderful place. My wife Cammy and I chose to move to Winterset in 1983 making me the fifth generation of my family to live in Madison County. My great, great grandfather Edward McCusker settled in NE Madison County in the Mid – 1860’s. My wife and I raised our three children here in Winterset and have experienced the excellent Winterset Community Schools, Madison County Healthcare System, and our local recreation opportunities. I recently retired after more than a decade as the Executive Director of Madison County Development Group. Cammy and I are Iowa State University graduates as are all three of our children. 

 Winterset faces the challenges and blessings of being a growing community. We continue to make crucial investments in our local infrastructure including the water and electrical distribution systems. A new sewer plant is in the planning stages. Hundreds of Citizens participated in the recently completed Winterset Comprehensive Plan.  Key findings include the desire for sustainable growth, maintaining/upgrading City infrastructure, additional recreation facilities and high-speed connectivity. Citizens expressed a strong sentiment to maintain our unique sense of place. 

 The future of the City of Winterset is very bright. By working together, we can have a city that we can all take pride in.