Mayor and Council Member Bios
Gordon R. Canfield came to Grinnell in 1952 and graduated
from Grinnell High School in 1957. In 1960 he began his career at Grinnell
Mutual Reinsurance Company and in 1997 retired from that organization
as Senior Vice President.
The Grinnell City Council appointed Canfield mayor in September,
1999, filling the remainder of the term left by the death of mayor Robert
Anderson. He then stood for election unopposed in November of that year.
Prior to being mayor, Canfield chaired the Grinnell Hotel-Motel
Tax Committee and the Grinnell Sister City Association, Inc."
Elliott, First Ward
Elliott was born, raised, and received her formal education
in Grinnell through high school. At the same time, she studied community
activism at the knees of her parents, pillars of the community Al and
Dorothy Pinder, and learned fundamental self-preservation and coping skills
among her five siblings. She then attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon,
Iowa, followed by Yale Law School. After prosecuting for five years in
Sioux City, Iowa, she returned home to Grinnell to establish a law practice
at the corner of 5th and Main.
McNaul, Third Ward
Shannon McNaul has been a resident of Grinnell for approximately four
and one half years. She is married with children and works for IHS Associates
as a social worker. Currently Shannon works within the Grinnell School
system through a grant position which is in it's second year. She enjoys
many aspects of her work with children, although her favorite part of
the job is assisting those students who do not have many resources with
finding the resources to be successful. Shannon started her service to
the community through the recreation board and as a volunteer on other
non profit boards. She joined the City Council in June of 2000 to fill
the third ward position for the remaining two years. Shannon states, "it
is exciting to be a part of the inner workings of the city and to assist
in creating a place people want to stay and raise their families in".
White, At Large
Jim White has been on the council since Jan . of 1986 and before that
he served on the planning and zoning board, for 25 years of public service
to the city of Grinnell. He and his wife Marcia have been married for
27years and they have three children. He has been President of the Chamber,
a member of the Rotary Club with 27 years of perfect attendance , and
a board member of Grinnell 2000. With his church St. Mary's Catholic,
he is a trustee and has been a member of 3rd degree KC's and also 4th
degree KC''s, as well as the Elks Club and the Eagles here in Grinnell.
.He owns and operates Bates Flowers on Broad Street and has been there
Wilson, Fourth Ward
He was born and raised in Solon, Iowa and graduated from Solon High School.
He is a graduate of William Penn College with a degree in Education. Also,
he is married and has two children. Wilson spent 14 years on the Grinnell-Newburg
Board of Education before running for City Council from the 4th Ward.
He has worked for GTE and Iowa Telecom for 18 years.
Witt, Second Ward
Steve is the second ward alderperson appointed by the Council to serve the balance of his late wife Patti's term.
With an undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa, his education does prepare him some what for the responsibility of serving the second ward.
Steve is a sales engineer for a manufacturer's representative headquartered in Des Moines, Brilco Incorporated.
Steve has three grown children; Courtney, Kevin and Julie.
Worley, At Large
Byron has been a Grinnellian for over thirty years. He is a graduate
of Grinnell High School and the University of Iowa and attended Grinnell
College for two years. He served in the United States Army for nine years
with tours of duty in Europe and the Middle East. Byron is the owner of
Worley's Woodworking where he makes hand crafted custom furniture and
reproduction millwork. He has been a councilmember since January of 2000.
Byron and his wife, Whitney, live at 1302 Main Street with Erika and Ariel,
their two daughters. Whitney is the proprietor of The Utility Shop, where
she makes bread and other baked specialties.
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