Mike Jensen has been mayor of Story City since 2010, but his service and dedication to the community have been obvious for much longer than that.
“I love the Story City community,” Jensen said. “I was born in Story City and have lived here all of my life, having had the privilege of serving on the Story City Council since 1979 and the honor of serving as mayor since 2010.”
His goal as mayor is to make Story City prosper.
“My top priorities for Story City have always been listening to the wants and needs of people, working hard to keep the city always planning for the future and finding better ways of managing city business while always representing the community to the best of my abilities,” he said.
Jensen graduated from Story City High School. He holds a certificate in Civil Engineering Technologies from NICET and served during the Vietnam era as a petty officer in the United States Navy aboard the Destroyer USS Goodrich.
“For two years, I was a land surveyor with the Iowa Department of Transportation before transferring to the Engineering Department until my retirement in 2006 after more than 42 years as a design specialist,” he said.
Mike and his wife Patsy have two sons, Craig and Brian, who is married to Charlotte. They also have two grandsons, Dakota and Casey, and two granddaughters, Brittany and her husband Shea McNamara, and Savannah Jensen. They have two great-grandchildren, Elli and Bodie McNamara.
“I am a member of the Greater Chamber Connection, serving on the Design Committee, president of Story City Trees Forever, The Story City Tree board, Story City Trails Committee, The Izaak Walton League, National Rifle Association, Arbor Day Foundation, Grace United Methodist Church, Roland-Story Athletic Boosters, the Roland-Story School Foundation, American Legion Post 59 and Story City Historical Society,” Jensen said.
He also serves on the Story County Mayors association, Story County Emergency Management, Story City Emergency Management and Story County Assessors budget committee.
“I feel an immediate need facing the Story City Community is to continue improving our Emergency Management Plan. We must make sure we always keep well-trained people in key positions if an emergency should strike (F-4 tornado, explosion/fire, flood, gas leak, train accident with a hazardous chemical spill),” he said. “In the past, we have relied on our Fire and Police departments to handle the situation and they have always done a great job. However, with the severity and frequency of more disasters and major storms, it is advised we have a plan to activate people to begin immediately handling any situation. It would be a major task to secure a large area or the entire community.”
In such a situation, communication, resources and personnel must be available and coordinated with Story County Emergency Management to obtain the needed assistance. Story City has been working with Story County Emergency Management developing such a plan for the community. The city needs to obtain the suggested equipment, personnel, supplies and continue to conduct exercises with Story County Emergency Management until adequately prepared.
Housing is another issue, and we continue with our Economic Development Corporation to secure for the community, he said.
“My long-term vision for our community is to continue to provide the many amenities we now enjoy, including the high quality city services and controlled growth, while striving to keep our wonderful small town atmosphere,” Jensen said.
“We must keep the great working relationship we now enjoy between our city government, city departments, Economic Development Corporation, Greater Chamber Connection (GCC) as well as our community service organizations, the churches, school, library and quality volunteers. We need to maintain the businesses we have while recruiting new and diversified businesses to the community, and work to keep our taxes low.
“With this accomplished, Story City will always remain a wonderful place to live, work and raise our families.”