City Council Profiles

Amy Nielsen

Mayor
Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa

What’s your favorite thing about North Liberty?
“Its generous spirit and friendly atmosphere.”

Why did you run for mayor?
“North Liberty is in a very unique point in its history where there are a number of ways that we could grow on the foundation that has been built. I wanted to be able to bring the community’s voice to the decisions being made.”

What goals do you have as mayor?
“I want the residents of North Liberty to feel connected to their city government.”

Hobbies: Reading, running

Best piece of advice: “Don’t be afraid to take a chance.”

Something about me that would surprise people: “One of my favorite snacks is Sterzings potato chips and cottage cheese.”

In another life, I would have been: a nurse or teacher.

Three things I can’t live without: iPhone, peanut M&M’s,  & Dr. Pepper

One word to describe me: Passionate

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Terry Donahue

City Councilor, Mayor Pro Tempore
Hometown: New Albany, Ind.

What brought you to North Liberty?
“I came to Iowa in 1969 to complete my master’s degree program requirements. I met my wife in Iowa, so I stayed.”

What’s your favorite thing about North Liberty?
“Small town feel and easy accessibility to nearby metro areas.”

Goals for serving the city?
“To enable North Liberty to rise to a level of being a total family-friendly community. Also, to make the cost of living in the town affordable and attractive to all persons who want a community with a solid foundation to live in.”

Hobbies: Golf, grandkids’ sports, electric trains, military history

Best piece of advice: “Do not define yourself solely by ‘titles,’ but by the good work/deeds you do, both seen and unseen.”

Most desired travel location: Disney World

Something about me that would surprise people: I like “TAZ” collectibles.

A food I will not eat: Anything I do not recognize.

One word to describe me: Down-to-earth

Jim Sayre

City Councilor
Hometown: Southern Arizona

What brought you to North Liberty?
“My wife and I moved here in 2008 when I took at job at the University of Iowa.”

Favorite thing about North Liberty?
“We have a great sense of community here. North Liberty is growing, but everyone still hangs out with their neighbors and our families are always doing things together. I enjoy that close-knit community feeling”

Goals for serving the city?
“Try to get more citizen involvement with our City Council. I want to find a way to get more people engaged with the community so they are able to mold what we become in the future”

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption

Favorite Book: “I enjoy reading Dr. Seuss books to my kids.”

Hobbies: “I’m a big outdoor guy. I like taking the kids on our raft to Lake McBride and playing Frisbee with my friends.”

Something people may not know about me: “I am a very active and careful listener. I don’t like to ask questions as I go, I absorb all the information then I ask away. ”

Chris Hoffman

City Councilor
Hometown: Onslow, Iowa

Why do you serve on City Council?
“I felt I could help city leadership, and residents, shape North Liberty’s growth and be a dependable resource.”

What’s your favorite thing about North Liberty?
“Accessibility to everything and the people that work/live in North Liberty.”

What are your goals for serving the city?
“I hope that in generations from now, North Liberty residents will look back on this time in our history and be proud of the decisions we are making today. ”

What I do in my free time: “I have two young children; what is this ‘free time’ you speak of?”

First purchase if I won the lottery: “College tuition endowments for my entire extended family.”

Most desired travel location: Europe

In another life, I would have been: A professional golfer.

Three things I can’t live without: My wife, my children, and coffee

One word to describe me: Patient

Annie Pollock

City Councilor
Hometown: Northville, Mich.

What brought you to North Liberty?
“Most recently I moved back to Iowa from Boston to work in our Creative Corridor. North Liberty was a natural fit; the parks, recreational areas and trail systems were a big draw for me!”

Favorite thing about North Liberty?
“The green space.”

Why City Council?
“I have a passion to help others, people of all ages and abilities. I want to continue to serve my community, to be an active listener and be a voice for our people.”

A skill I’d like to learn: Fly fishing

Three things I can’t live without: Love, laughter and learning

Hobbies: Biking, reading, snowshoeing, volunteering, cooking and cheering on the Hawkeyes!

First purchase if I won the lottery: “Donations to non-profits I believe in.”

Most desired travel location: All of our national parks

One word to describe me: Inquisitive

Brian Wayson

City Councilor
Hometown: Independence, Iowa

What brought you to North Liberty?
“I started working at the UIHC in 1988 and moved here from Cedar Rapids.”

Favorite thing about North Liberty?
“There are so many cool people who are proud of the city and are eager to participate or help at all the activities that go on.”

Goals for serving the city?
“Work on maintaining a strong financial position for the city, continued well-thought-out private development, and developing city infrastructure and services that best meet the needs of North Liberty residents.”

Favorite Film: The original Blues Brothers

A food I will not eat: Green vegetables

In another life, I would have been: a mechanical engineer

What I do in my free time: Camping, working in my shop, scouts, photography, reading

Three things I can’t live without: Air, water (or Mt. Dew) and food (especially peanut butter and pizza)

One word to describe me: Inquisitive