Mayor & City Council

Mayor Bill Bennett

Mayor of Hiawatha

Four-year Term Ending December 31, 2019

Contact Information:

  • 101 Emmons Street
  • Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-360-1986

Bio:

Bill has lived in Hiawatha for 45 years. He also owns and operates a second generation small business that has been operating in Hiawatha for 45 years.

Campaign Pledge:

To lead city government to be more financially efficient. To encourage the continued growth of Hiawatha, while protecting personal property rights. To encourage citizen involvement in city government.

Familiy:

Spouse Tracy and two children.

Aime Wichtendahl

City Council

Four-year Term Ending December 31, 2019

Contact Information:

  • 995 Terry Ave #5
  • Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-721-9907

Bio:

Aime has been a resident of Hiawatha since 2007. As a former small business consultant with Godaddy.com, she helped local businesses throughout the U.S. develop their web presence and adapt to the challenges of the 21st century.

Campaign Pledge:

To create an environment in city government in which we celebrate the success of all local businesses.

Family:

Son, Steven.

Civic Experience:

  • Caucus Secretary for Hiawatha Precinct 2008
  • Graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Mercy University in 2005

Denny Norton

City Council

Four-year Term Ending December 31, 2019

Contact Information:

  • 340 N 16th Ave
  • Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-393-4999

Bio:

Denny has been a resident of Hiawatha for 34 years and retired from Rockwell-Collins after 38 years of employment. He strives to be an open and honest individual with a solid work ethic and passion for treating individuals fairly.

Family:

Wife, Linda; two children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Civic Experience:

  • Member - Hiawatha Planning & Zoning Committee
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church finance Committee Chair and Co-Chair
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Parish Council

Bob Rampulla

City Council

Four-year Term Ending December 31, 2017

Contact Information:

  • 190 N 19th Ave
  • Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-395-9553

Bio:

Age: 65

Retired: 2001

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Biology Masters of Arts Degree
  • Secondary School/Administration Educational Specialist Degree
  • School Superintendency

Work Experience:

  • United States Marine Corps: 4 years (1961-1965) 2 years inactive
  • Physical Therapy Assistant: 2 years
  • Biology and Anatomy and Physiology Teacher: 3 years (wrestling coach 3 years)
  • Elementary Principal: 2 years
  • Secondary Principal and Athletic Director: 4 years
  • Superintendent of Schools: 25 years

Family:

Wife, Janet; 5 children, 5 grandchildren

Civic Experience:

  • City Hall Committee
  • Hiawatha Water Board: 3 years; Chairman: 1 year
  • Hiawatha Planning and Zoning Commission: 3 years; Chairman: 2 years
  • December 2007, Appointed to City Council to fill Darrel Bradley's vacancy.

Dick Olson

City Council

Four-year Term Ending December 31, 2019

Contact Information:

  • 1840 Lyndhurst Dr
  • Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-378-1943

319-373-4713 X250

Bio:

Elected to fourth term. Served Hiawatha as Mayor Pro Tem and on numerous Hiawatha boards and commissions. Active leader in St. Pius X Parish. President of Personal Safety Corp., headquartered in Hiawatha.

Campaign Pledge:

To listen, learn, lead and pursue fiscally responsible initiatives.

Stated Objective:

To position Hiawatha as the area's premier place to live, work, invest and enjoy.

Education:

B.S. in Marketing and Management; DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

Family:

Wife Rita, two sons, two granddaughters and two grandsons.

Marty Bruns

City Council

Four-year Term Ending December 31, 2017

Contact Information:

  • 1205 Raney St
  • Hiawatha, IA 52233

319-393-1757

Bio:

Retired from engineering career

Education:

  • Graduate of Missouri Schools of Mines with a BSEE

Family:

Wife, Audrey; 3 sons, 4 grandchildren; Hiawatha residents since 1968.

Civic Experience:

  • Served on City Council: 1974-1984
  • Acting Mayor: 1978-1980
  • Architect of the original city Employee Policy
  • Member of the Citizen's City Hall Advisory Committee
  • January 2008, Appointed to fill an open 2 year Council term.