John Lundell, Mayor of Coralville, was elected president of the Iowa League of Cities Executive Board on September 29, 2017, during the League’s annual conference and exhibit.
Lundell has served 14 years in city government, as both a mayor and council member in Coralville. He served as president-elect of the League’s executive board for the past year. Lundell also serves on the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center Policy Board and chair of the Clear Creek Watershed Coalition. Prior to his service as an elected official, he volunteered 20 years on the Coralville Public Library Board of Trustees and is a retired Coralville volunteer firefighter.
“It is an honor to have been elected by my peers across the state to serve in a leadership position of the Iowa League of Cities.” Lundell said. “The League has an impressive reputation for working with the State Legislature and other organizations on issues important to cities and towns of all sizes.” The League’s executive board is responsible for adopting policies to provide direction to the League, adopting the annual operating budget, establishing membership fees and providing direction to the organization. The board consists of 14 board director positions and five officer positions: president, president‐elect and three past presidents. All of these positions must be filled by current city officials who represent cities of various populations and geographic locations.
Lundell is retired after a 22-year career as deputy director of the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center. He is married to Diana Lundell (who also served 15 years on the Coralville City Council) and they have two adult children, Laura and Joseph.
The Iowa League of Cities is the oldest, continuously operating municipal league in the country. Founded in 1898, the League is a not-for-profit organization that serves at the unified voice for cities, providing advocacy, training, and guidance to the cities of Iowa.